Laid off @ 57
I worked in television for 30 years. I was recently laid off and I fell into a fairly bad depression. I wasn't planning on retirement for at least 7 more years. I loved my job.
I have found out one thing about myself. I don't do well with no schedule. I try and get busy doing odd jobs around the house and that helps. I may even go back to school just to have some routine back in my life. I spent weeks applying for every job that I could. I have been offered a minimum paying job but if I take it I will forfeit my Employment Insurance which is actually going to be more money. I'm still considering it because the alternative is laying around and I feel myself sinking deeper into depression.
This is not the way retirement was supposed to be. Why can't I just be happy? It's so hard to be done. I am at a loss and searching the internet for answers. I couldn't sleep and my Dr. Has me on antidepressants. I keep reading stuff like, get a hobby, work out, read but I'm still having a difficult time. Even if it had been voluntary I don't think it would be much different.
Anyway that's all I can say for now. This font is so small on my iPhone I'm surprised I can read it. Bye for now and if you are contemplating retirement my advice to you is "don't" -Al-