My spouse is excited about retirement - I'm dreading the years of boredom
I will retire in October at age 51. My spouse is retiring this August at age 60. We decided to retire about 18 months ago.
We will relocate from NJ to Florida where we will spend 6 months of the year (Nov to April) in our new retirement home in Sarasota, Florida and 6 months at our summer home in the Catskill Mountains of New York State (where my spouse has spent time since childhood - and I have spent time there over the past 20 years.)
My spouse says he is looking forward to spending time with me and is excited about retirement. He is also looking forward to having more time to garden in the Catskills (his passion.)
While the Catskills are nice in the summer, and I enjoy bike riding, gardening, and have a passion for architecture, I am terrified of having to spend 6 months there every year in an area where I think there is simply not enough for me to do.
My spouse says "you'll find something to do." I don't think he quite understands that I don't like the area as much as he does.
I had thought of part-time work (accounting is my work profession) - but I want the flexibility to take vacations at will - and that may not appeal to employers. So how do I approach this?
How do I create a life for myself in an area that has limited appeal to me, and where I would not choose to be if my spouse was not there?