Not real happy after 2.5 years
by Tom T
(Cleveland suburbs, Ohio)
I've been retired since March of 2016. After 2 and a half years, I'm still looking for something to be happy about. Money is not an issue.
I'm an electrical engineer and worked for an industrial automation company. I liked my work and although I was not forced out, it seemed like the right time to go (I was 66 + at the time).
I tried volunteering at the local hospital but it seemed there were more people than they needed (possibly a result of the baby boom). I don't drive due to reduced vision, so most other opportunities are limited.
I've read many books and heard most of the advice but I just can't get centered. My wife and I bought a class A RV but I just can't get into traveling. I worry too much about things when we are on the road:the house, the dog, family etc. When we are going down the road, I see office buildings or manufacturing plants and wish I was still working; I feel like I should be still be contributing.
I do spend an appreciable amount of time looking after my investments which are considerable. I do enjoy that.
My other interests are "early christian history", the civil war and I'm trying to get back into woodcarving. i feel that I'm missing structure (which I valued as an engineer). I'm also thinking of getting an amateur radio license but that's going slow.
I find that I only had friends at work and don't really see anyone now. Anyway, that's where I am now.
I'm not giving up hope. Again; engineering teaches that there is always a solution.