Jumping off a Cliff
(Santa Claus, IN)
I am grateful this isn't this time two years ago, because I was getting ready to retire in a few days at that time. Little did I know what a challenge adjusting to retirement would be.
The regret that I had left my job went on for about a year. The regret was the absolute worst. I beat up on myself. I tried to recreate my job by finding another one.
I have come to realize that retirement was the best decision for me. I have had some health problems, and just do not have the energy a job would take, especially my last job. I do not need the stress at this time of life. Looking back, I see I have come a long way.
HOWEVER, I still miss the job somewhat. The status of having a job title. Income from earning. HOWEVER, I've learned that this is definitely a process of adjustment and things never turn out like you had anticipated.
I enjoy my days now. I've found a hobby which I am passionate about: quilting vintage quilts and quilt tops. I am very grateful I found something I enjoy.
My husband had retired 10 years prior to my retirement, so we are home together a lot more, which has actually been a good thing. Our house is rather small, so I carved out a workplace for myself where I have my sewing machines and a desk where I can read, write, or do my Bible studies.
I found this website 1.5 years after I retired, and this was just what I needed, to read stories of other people in the same boat. Having said, that I need to beware of wolves in sheep's clothing who offer harmful and unwanted advice. For the most part, this has been a great help, and I can take what I need and leave the rest.
Wendy: Nancy, thanks for posting your update status. Your last thoughts are what this site is all about. It only takes one persons thought, the perfect words, to turn around your retirement. The same words mean little to someone else, but to you, they mean the world.
PS... here is my friends quilt website. She has oodles of free patterns out there! Just cut and paste into the browser window:
Wendy's other site... because Aging Matters!