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!!