Retirement: Not What I Thought It Would Be
I worked for 40 years. The last 30 for the USPS. Post Office jobs pay well and offer a pension, but the work is very repetitious and sometimes mind numbingly boring.
My last 18 years I was a custodian at a large Post Office. I took great pride in keeping the place kept up inside and out and received many compliments from customers as well as management. The last 5 years we had some really terrible managers that seemed to try and find ways to harass you and make your life miserable.
As I saw retirement age coming I felt like there would be relief in retiring. And that I should get out before management made me do or say something that might jeopardize my pension.
So, I retired at age 58 with a pretty good pension, but still adjusting to the difference.
Most days I am bored and lately have been trying to find a part time job. Working has been a part of my life for 40 years and it is very difficult having an identity or a purpose without work.
I also am a musician but I live in a small town and have not been able to find a band. I played in several bands while I was employed, but now that I have all the free time in the world I cannot find any musicians.
Ah, the ironies of life...