Retirement: Early Days
I have been retired only five weeks. My company retired me. Mind you, I am sixty six and worked one year over the retirement age in a part-time position.
I was hoping to continue until I was seventy, but the company has had some financial problems and they decided to make cutbacks. It came as a surprise with only a month's notice.
Anyway, my wife and I are moving into my late mother-in-law's house in a rural area. Mainly for financial reasons. I must say, I am somewhat gobsmacked. An empty feeling has gripped me emotionally. Even as we make plans to move, I have a fear of isolation.
I am not yet depressed in the true sense, but I do fear it. I'm hoping that I am going through a transition period that things will work out. Having worked all my life, this is indeed a big transition.
Wendy: The Retirement Transition is not easy for so many of us (even in JAPAN)! I am thrilled that you have enough brains to even LOOK for help online. Read the stories, you are not alone. Hopefully others will chime in here.