Retirement: From somebody to nobody
by General ZEE
I am about to retire from the military after almost 45 years active and reserve time. Here I am General and Sir. Outside I am nobody.
Many of my friends are dead. I am almost 60, financially well off. kids grown. Been looking for a job, Masters degree. No takers. I feel I will lose my identity once I retire in 30 days. My wife is supportive but I am lost. HELP !
You are right, you will lose your work identity when you retire. It's inevitable... and quite a transition to adjust to. The problem is that many of us (me included) are more "work" identity, compared to other facets of life.
Luckily, it's almost spring/summer so it's a bright and sunny time of year where you can get out and about easily. Winter retirement transitions are worse, if you ask me.
For a few weeks, you'll feel odd, like you are on vacation -- only the "return to work" part never happens. Now what? That's the part you've got to consider.. what will you do all day, every day, now? Lots of options....