Retired: How do I get motivated and get moving?
"Retiree Happiness" I haven't figured out yet. I enjoyed reading through some of your stories because my experience is so much the same. I've been retired for 1 1/2 years.
My husband is also retired and doing fine with it. I think this makes it harder for me. He loves to play jazz, fish, build stone walls etc. I can't relate to those things.
The mundane tasks that face me each morning make it hard to get out of bed. Housekeeping to me is so unfulfilling. I retired from a fulfilling teaching career that focused on young, at risk students who needed my help reading. I also taught dyslexia students. I was worn out after years of it........but haven't searched out any opportunities.
I feel like I can't commit to anything because I have two 90 year old parents who live in a different state and I try and stay in touch often. I want to go out there more often, but my depressed mood holds me back. My therapist encourages me to focus on how much I do for them and have always done. That helps. And I finally believe she is right.
I've started doing a few things like sing in the church choir and participate in a book club. We also just took our first square dancing lesson, so hopefully that will help.
I apologize for whining - I just needed to vent. I never thought retiring would be so difficult.
On a positive note, I have two darling granddaughters who live about 4 hours away. And, there is another baby on the way. I'm determined to see them more. I think it will be very healing.
Marie -- Why don't you advertise and TUTOR dyslexic kids? Tell the nearby school and they might mention to parents who need help. You'd do an hour or two a week... make a few bucks, keep connected with teaching but only one child tutored at a time. Just a thought.
The rest... its not always easy. You need something to get up for in the morning. Some interest or hobby that you enjoy doing, perhaps finding a local group to connect with the same interest.
p.s. Another thought, do a website on helping dyslexic kids... moms would read it and be able to help their own kids, homeschooling moms would use it. You might make a nice income doing this... if you are a writer and enjoy sharing your teaching with the world.