Never thought I would feel this way after retirement!
I retired from a government job after 34 years of service at the age of 57 two months ago.
It was the holiday season and I was very busy but now I have suddenly fallen into a horrible depression because I feel useless and that I have nothing to look forward to. I was in a "helping people" job and I really miss that.
I do exercise and take a yoga class three times a week, love to cook and take care of my house but because I have tons of energy, it is not enough.
There is a possibility that my old employer will take me back part time and I am very much looking forward to that!
This came as a complete shock to me that I feel this way. I raised four children by myself and thought I would cherish the free time but I was wrong. I need to feel useful.
Wendy: Been there, done that! I retired from govt. with 35 years of service at age 55 -- and needed to continue to help -- thus this site!
As you can see from my site, there are many others out there feeling the same. It just takes time, time to find a new identity (yours is lost), time to figure out who you are and what you want to do with all that time!
Time in Abundance, now what to do with it? The WORLD is your springboard... think it out. Think BIG too! You are young and can do so much if you choose to.
Take your time to consider the possibiities! There are any! Life awaits you!
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