Retirement and anxiety
(Ottawa valley, Canada)
I retired in December 2018. I am married (my husband retired from the Canadian military one year ago) and we have one son living on his own. Oh, yes we have a 9-month-old Golden Retriever (God help us...lol).
I suffer from chronic anxiety stemming from childhood. Throughout my 39 1/2 years of working in a variety of jobs, I always pushed outside the box that is anxiety.
Now that I am retired, there is no pushing, just fear. Anxiety is fear based and although I want to volunteer, join a gym or even work part-time, anxiety holds me back.
Money is good, but I am bored out of my mind.
My husband and I are both introvertish, so it’s not like I have him pushing me. I have to push him.
We do have friends, but they either live far from us, or they still work. Our neighbours are much older than us and it is difficult finding common ground.
I am a do’er. I have hobbies, but I miss people. Like minded people.
We camp in the summer in our fifth wheel and in the winter, we will head south, but not until our dog is more mature.
So much of my conversations surrounded work, dressing for work, etc. i am feeling a little lost and disconnected.
I am aware this is transition and normal.
I just wanted to share my story and perhaps reach out of others. Especially in the Ottawa valley area.
Thanks for reading.