Retired and Overwhelmed

by D

I retired in Sept. 2016 at the age of 66. I always worked since I was 17 years old.

Let me tell you a short (I promise) background story of my life. Married for 40 yrs. to a wonderful man. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 62. He had been sick for about 20 yrs. I worked at a co. with a 40 mile way. I was my husband's primary caregiver and my boss was very good about me taking time off when needed.

My elderly mother's health was also failing, so she stayed with us during the weekends. During the wk. my brother and sister in law were her caregivers. when I retired in 2016, I had so many chores around my house that I was thinking that I had to get things done right away.

Tried to rebuild a stone wall....and ended up with severe back problems and a pinched nerve. After doctor's visits, X-rays and physical therapy I am finally realizing that I am retired. There is no rush in getting things done around the house/yard.

I am now realizing, in my 68th year, that I have to plan for the future and a easier way of life.

68-year-old body.... 30-year-old mind.

Stacked my firewood for 3 hours yesterday, 6 hours today.

Quitting for the day. I am going to take a shower and put on my PJ's. Having a glass of wine with my scrambled eggs and spinach.
Watching Netflix.


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60 yr body- 30 mind
by: Anonymous

yup I relate. Unable to slow down but know I must change. Working a fulltime job, have a large house with lots of acreage, dog and chickens. I'm realizing that the upkeep is so much I have no time to actually enjoy the house. Retirement in 18 mos. I can't really fathom it yet.

Retired and at peace
by: Mary

Hello D,

Shortly after my husband of 45 years died, I sold our home and bought a condo, all on one floor. I absolutely adore my cozy cottage, love to sit on my screened in sunroom and watch someone else mow the grass, I have never regretted it for one second.

I am retiring in 2 weeks at the age of 69. i wish you luck in making some important decisions that will hopefully positively impact your health and your life.

60 year old body with a 30 year old mind
by: Anonymous

Your comment is perfect! We tend to forget that we need to slow down and smell the roses and that we're not getting any younger.

Be good to yourself and enjoy that glass of wine and fuzzy pjs!

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