Retirement: Why do some struggle and others just thrive?
That is the BIG question, isn't it? Sandy, a reader, asked me privately " Why do some struggle and others just thrive? Why do we wish we could work in that great job again?
I replied that I really don't know, despite watching retirees retire for over 30 years now, asking questions, and I still don't quite get it.
WHY can some people walk out that retirement door, and never look back, going along happily in life without regrets, no second thoughts, or wishing they could work again?
WHY do so many others struggle?
Is it because the grass is always greener and we've subconsciously forgotten the stress and negatives of the job itself?
Is it based on the job itself -- if you were unhappy, you were thrilled to leave and thrive in retirement. But those who struggle were happy in their work, feeling in control, helping others, providing feedback and being a productive member of society while working for the greater good?
Is it simply the lack of purpose and something meaningful to do after retirement? Something that matters to the world?
Please, Retirees, I am asking for your two cents below. Think of your own retirement, or specific friends and family... why do you think they Struggled or Thrived in Retirement?