by Lulu

Hello All and thank you for all your stories. I retired 3 weeks ago, after 30 years of hard charging federal service as a federal prosecutor, including many difficult overseas assignments.

I, like many of you, have a to-do list a mile long though much of the list involve tedious tasks that I am not good at and have no interest in.

I am sleeping A LOT and find myself wiped out after doing the simplest things which turns into napping. Retiring in the time of COVID brings a unique set of challenges.

It is very, very helpful to read that many of you are experiencing the same thing. I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life like this - I am 58.

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It's an adjustment
by: Lee in Colorado

As a recently retired attorney, I can tell you that it's quite an adjustment for us Type A people. I might have gone back to work if COVID hadn't come along and so affected job prospects. This is forcing me to really slow down for the first time in my life. That's a good thing.

by: Sherry/ NC

You are just fine, just a bit tired.

You are now just slowing down and learning to have some quiet time so to speak. Your body is tired from all of that travel and work and it needs to rest.

You just don't realize how fast you have been going for some years now and finally you are feeling tired.

Just rest now and maybe you need to catch up on your rest?

Once you catch up, and you will know, you will begin to get busy again.

Got the T Shirt
by: Jane Curtis/Texas

I retired when I was 58. I had to because my hips had given out. Even after replacements mobility had become a problem for me. So, I retired early.

I think you will realize there are many of us who have retired earlier than we planned. We all go through the early days of not being able to motivate ourselves to do much more than sleep.

One thing to keep in mind... this too shall pass.

Even in a lock down... it will pass. Go through some of our stories and you will see how some of us have learned to cope with it in different ways. You have retired from work not from life.

I have several stories myself that tell about my way back....even after I died back in 2016. Talk about a lock down. Try waking up in the morgue.

All kidding aside. You have to give yourself the time you need to refocus your horizon. If you are still the center of your world then you won't be able to see very far. You will find many here who are willing to help you but also those who need your help.

Some would be delighted to know it is a is not necessarily the end. Everything changes when you retire. The schedule, eating patterns, sleeping patterns, all you do changes because how you do it changes. When you do it changes. Give yourself time to get used to really being the boss of every minute. You will soon discover how much fun it can be.

Go on... read some more stories then write another blog. I bet the outlook is a bit different. I welcome you to ask me anything. I have been retired for over ten years. It took me ten years to wake up.

Chat with me. Let me help you. I am having a blast... now. Ask me anything. I will answer the most honest way I know. Until then ... take care.

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