I chose to retire at the young age of 55. I thought I’d walk out the door from my job and fall right into happiness, far from it.
Six months after I retired, my wife filed for divorce. I didn’t blame her, because all I was doing was sitting around the house and becoming angry.
The divorce proceeding created a depression that was almost life ending. Couple that with the fact that I never figured out how to be retired, and I became a poster child for major depression.
My wife and I reconciled our marriage, so some of the depression immediately slipped away. About 3 months following our reconciliation, I started to become depressed with nothing to do.
I tried to volunteer at a local hospital, but watching everyone else working and having fun only made me more depressed. I then got a job at a local high school, but again, watching everyone working and enjoying their careers caused me to reflect back to my career and become depressed.
I now sit at home and look out the window wondering how I ever got into this predicament.
I wanted to take up golf, but I’m too depressed to pack up my clubs and drive to the driving range. I thought I’d go to the gym everyday and get a early morning workout, but again, no motivation. I can’t even muster up enough energy to make myself lunch. This is from a guy who used to work 60 hours a week and train for triathlons.
I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that there has to be something more rewarding than sitting in my easy chair.
I just can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other.
Wish me luck,
Wendy I hate reading this. I really do! Why oh Why does this happen to so many new retirees!!?
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This too shall pass!