Retirement: Not What I Expected!
(Baton Rouge, LA)
How to Retire book
I "retired" at the young age of 60 (1 year ago) because I was sick of my co-workers & bosses, burnt out on the work, didn't want the responsibilities & stress & was eager to spend more time with my kids and grandkids.
Ironically, I have come to realize that my unhappiness and depression I have experienced after retirement is because I "miss" those things I was so "sick" of!
After I read How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie Zilinski, I understood that I was not alone in this transition and that most people miss the very things they retire from. This book helped me come to terms with acceptance of where I am in my life today.
I actually felt guilty for retiring after 31 years of working. I have worked most of my life and was raised with the thinking that to be somebody you have to work hard and develop skills.
Reflecting on my life during this time has been life changing for me - for the better.
I will no longer be who others think I am "supposed" to be and I have accepted this life of leisure that I deserve. I am in the process of developing "me" and who I want to be.
I will finally be free and happy - something I've struggled with for most of my life.