Retired At 61 after over 41 Years - Not what I expected!
I have been in the car business my whole life; early on in the retail side with my dad and the last 41 years working for Auto Mfrs. I'm an "A" type person and have always pushed hard my whole life to get ahead and provide a nice life for my family.
I have an incredible wife and two awesome daughters, I own several pieces of property in TX and Fl, have a sizable 401K and a nice income stream from investments and a traditional pension (even though I think I have a fairly good net worth and good cash flow, I'm still worried about money).
I liked my job, but simply got tired of the hassles and BS associated with corporate life; plus, after 41 years of being on the road, I just could not stand travel anymore! Really just got sick of it and didn't feel engaged...so, I voluntarily decided at 61 in 2017 to retire.
For the entire year before I retired, you could never had me believe that I would go through the kind of anxiety, anxiousness with Insomnia that I'm experiencing...not in a million years. I really thought I had a good plan and would sail right through this....Not! I'm sure it will subside, but it doesn't look like its gong to be easy.
I want to say one thing to the people in this forum......I went to my doctors about all of this and unfortunately, the only thing they want to do is pump you full of bad drugs that will make everything worse...I found this out the hard way and have made the decision to not use the drugs and power through it on my own with my family and friends. I took some of the drugs (mostly to sleep) for a little over a month and the side effects were bad. I'm several days into not taking anything(antidepressants, Xanax, Ambien)and already feeling better. Just a word of caution, if you go to a doctor, be careful when it comes to the drugs they will want to give you. Its really a shame that the medical profession in concert with the big drug companies are only trained to load you with bad drugs when there's an issue; they are inadvertently turning the country into a bunch of drug addicts.
Anyway, after seeing this great site, I wanted to add my two cents and recommendations for all to ponder...hang in there...it will get better!