Retired without a direction or reason for being
by Andy Andrews
I retired in Feb. 2010 and have been lost ever since. I call it retirement depression.
We have moved to a house we inherited and the renovations are taking some of my time but for the most part I feel like a fish out of water.
I am use to a regimented life style. I have so much energy and no outlet. This site has helped me realize that there is life after retirement so I will be trying to find constructive thing to occupy my time. There is a need for our knowledge and experiences.
Habitat needs skills I have and I plan on joining the Civil Air Patrol in my area. I have seen my parents wither away to nothing during there retirement and will not let that happen to me.
Wendy: Go For It, Andy! It sounds like you've been down BUT are on your way to a successful and rewarding retirement.
You might consider joining my email group for Retirement Transition just to chat with us, via email, on a variety of transition topics!
Look at my Retire to the Internet pages. I make a supplemental retirement income with my websites and I have my e-businesses to work on daily (total addiction here.. love it!). I retired in April 2010. Recently John (retirement transition group) started a solar website and it's really helping him through the depression days.. something to work on, new challenges, keep yer brain thinking while passing along that lifetime of knowledge stuck in your head, and hopefully he will soon have a new income to add to his pension.
Andy, FIND your Reason for Life. We all have many blessings, but you can get into a funk in life and are blind to them, FIND THEM!
Just think, by saying what you did in the title to this page, I think the unspoken message is that WORK was the most important piece of your life and your reason and direction in life.
Work should be the means to live life, to have an income and find a balanced life, but not the meaning and definition of your life.
WHO are you, Andy? Find Yourself Again!