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....
Wendy's other site... because Aging Matters!