Retirement: My Story
I retired 6 days after my 55th birthday. I had high hopes, all of which have fallen through. I had 33 years of service credit with the state of California and felt enough was enough. I started working part time when I was 17.
At 55 I felt I needed to get myself back. Instead I feel like I have no more reason to get up, my life had fallen into mundane mediocracy.
Financially I did not need to work but now felt shallow and unnecessary. I have been out of work for 1 month and 2 weeks. How long does the feeling of obscurity go on? How do I change it?
I have read 2 to 4 months is the norm... I don't think I can handle much more certainly not 4 weeks... Open to advice.
Wendy: Everyone is different but your feelings are too normal, sadly enough. I hope you've read many of the other stories on this page as it only takes one persons story, or one comment, to change your perspective.
To me, personally, I was still in "vacation mode" at 2 months... it took me longer to let the idea of retirement set in. I was flying in happiness of not having to work, drinking in the spring sunshine, and simply enjoying life.. a nice relaxed new lifestyle.
Having said that, I am forever grateful that I have this website to work on, to continually challenge me, and keep me busy.
p.s. Retirees, come out, come out and help this Californian as they are sinking fast!!
Wendy's other site... because Aging Matters!