Retiring at 55
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Some would say retiring at 55 is early, but I had worked for 35 years for the FEDS, and ended up an an It support tech with alot of fun and alot of stress. I was ready for a change, and was fortunate to have a full pension.
That said, I spent the first summer as 'retired' very stressed and lost. I was used to being needed and busy, as well as have structure in my life. I spent that summer also worrying about my 21 year old who was having issues deciding his life's course. That was July, 2016.
In September my son finally got a job, and started to move forward, and I decided to get a part time job in a retirement home and give back. Love it, but sometimes feel a little lonely.
I now need to push myself to find new social contacts and have a good balance. I feel better now, but staying happy and positive is a constant battle, but I guess that's life. You need to move forward and stay positive, try new new things, continuous learning is what life is all about.