Making the change to retirement, sucks..
Just 27 more days until my retirement date. Its by choice but still unsettling. I found the comment by Dan from MN to be pretty true:
"If you want to be happy, be happy. If you want to work, then work, but if you really want to retire, then do so happily, and get off your ass, quit whining, and make this time of your life the best there is. Because, I don't know if you know it our not, but the next thing in your life, after retirement is DEATH."
I get it if someone has to have some help with depression but a lot of it really is the sudden realization that you have to create your own life.
Look, the first 20 years of my life was growing up and going to school. School was not an option...it just was. I had my "work" and was involved with a lot of people both my age and older.
Then the next 42 years I went to work. Not an option...it just was. Again, had my "work" and involved with a lot of people.
Now in retirement, I will have to create that "school/work" schedule. I WILL HAVE TO CREATE IT. And that is the part that is difficult.
How will I fill that 40-60 hour workweek and create that social enviroment? Creating the purpose and social life fomerly provided by school/work is the biggest bump in the road.
For me, I've already set three small activities in place to help me in the transition from work to retirement but by no means does it fill a 40 hour week. About 10 hours a week but its a start. I remember a lot of people saying that school sucked and that work sucked but they had to do it.
Well, retirement might suck but you have to do it .... so go create your retirement!