Retirement Blues. Why?
Missing and grieving over your pre-retirement job? Really? Wow, you clearly must have been heavily invested personally in your work.
To be fair, I do see many posts from folks who pine for the work days of yesteryear, so it must be true that working means a great deal to many people. Not to me. I had a nice working career, but once I retired there was never any wistful backward glances nor workplace nostalgia. That part of my life was, happily, in my rearview mirror. I had looked forward to retirement and have not been disappointed even a little bit.
I wish that I had some sage advice for all of my fellow retirees who cannot seem to enjoy the fact that they don't have to get up and commute to the job every day.
Alas, there is no magic bullet to cure retirement remorse because what will work for one person may be totally ineffective for another. The work ethic is so integral to the psyche of many people that it serves to diminish the joy that should be there once a person has put in the years to achieve a good retirement.
Many things would serve to define me as a person, my family values, my military service, my collegiate experience, to name a few, but work never defined me. It was purely transactional. I did what I was supposed to do, as professionally as possible, and in return I received salary compensation. Not very romantic, but then I never expected that it would be.
I'll extend an olive branch to those who miss their old jobs. I envy you to a degree because I have no idea what it must be like to have actually loved a job. It was enough for me just to not hate my job. Loving it was never an option. A defect in my character perhaps?
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