Retirement: I used to be somebody.

by Nachman

All my life, since I was a teenager, I worked. ]

I've been retired for a year and a half now. I identified myself by my job. My job gave me the money to be active in my community and to contribute financially to it.

Now I am nobody, and as I don't even go to synagogue any more, I don't even have any friends. It's like I ceased being a person.

I'm too old to get a job that would be worthwhile and I hate senior groups. They are geared for people who are doddering.

What do I do?

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Retirement: You still are somebody
by: joy

Yes i felt like you. after a lot of talking to my self i realized that it was the other persons fault. i am some body in my own mind.

it takes a bit of ego to get there. i opened my own business, force myself to go on trips, force myself out of the house to the gym, group meetings. you must force yourself to go back the synogue, meet people, accept all invitations.

hope this helps. joy

I don't dodder either!
by: Anonymous

It's difficult, isn't it?

All my friends are either married, have jobs, or have such financial problems that they can't afford to go do anything. I'm not rich, but I can afford to do a little.

My husband died December of 2008. Once in a while my niece and I go out to hear my son's band, and show up the 21 year olds who, it turns out, can't dance worth a darn!

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