Retired Law Enforcement: 32 Years
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)
My story is like many others here, but it does have one significant difference.
I was in law enforcement for the past 32 years, a career I truly loved. For those that don't know, law enforcement isn't just a job, but a lifestyle and you're never off duty.
A number of factors contributed to my decision to retire, but the end result was I did retire. I've been retired now for all of three weeks and it's just beginning to hit me that I'm no longer a police officer. This isn't a job that you can just walk away from, it's ingrained in my soul. I can hang up my uniform, but I can never stop being a cop.
The day I turned in my badge and signed my retirement papers, I felt like my entire identity was taken away from me. Of course, I will stay in touch with my friends, but I know the connection won't be the same.
I'm sure I'll eventually get used to retirement, but right now, it's not what everyone says it is and I'm not terribly ecstatic about it.
If there are any other retired cops on this site, I'd love to hear how you handled your retirement.