Retired: Who am I?
I have been retired now for almost 2 years now. I worked in the construction business with my dad for over 40 years. We had many ups and downs over the years but we saw them through together.
After dad retired I continued to build the business. My brother joined me and later my son. They now run the business together. I knew it was time to step down, because the stress I carried 24/7 was beginning to take it's toll on me. So, I retired at age 65.
The first year I suffered with some depression and struggled to figure out who am i now? You see I identified with my job as contractor and boss.
Now in my second year of retirement, I have been getting to know me a little better and know now that my job and what I did was not who I am.
I have been volunteering, restoring an old wooden boat and working on my farm. This transition has not been easy for me, but each day I find a little more peace.
I was so busy when I was working with phone calls, scheduling, estimating, solving problems, and interacting with so many people that being quiet is difficult.
I miss being around people and my wife tells people even the UPS driver gets a story from me when I catch him! I have recently purchased a pioneer cemetery here near my farm. It is in sad shape and I am going to restore it.
Been wanting to write my story for sometime now. I have read many posts from this site and we seem to all share a common thread of rediscovery.
I wish you all the best!