Six months to go - 2nd time around!
Had scheduled to retire last December; about 2 mths before I took a week off to "test retirement" and frankly it sucked.
I had not done the planning. Simple as that.
So I signed on for ANOTHER YEAR of work. Now we just crossed 6 mths and staring down the last 6!
This time I have everything covered, more than enough things to keep me busy, and financially secure and every day is brutal!
I have no interest anymore in my work but try to focus on the relationships here. Still, this is going to be hard - I have to stop thinking about the finish line and live in the present.
Praying for perseverance!
Wendy: So happy to hear you thought it all out first, and have a roadmap to where you are headed. Sounds Great!
I am curious, why MUST you remain employed six months? Did you sign a contract? Simply feel obligated?
Let me say, dozens of retirees would tell me "You'll know when it's right..." and I always wondered HOW I would know. But one bright sunny April morning, with flowering trees all down Cass Road on the way to work, I knew that was the day I would resign after 37 years. Because of sunshine and flowering trees! Seriously.. I wasn't going to miss another spring or summer.
I retired at 55, but had 37 years of service with one employer. Enough is enough. However, mom is doing fine at 97 years old in a few months! NINETY SEVEN. If I can keep healthy, that could be my retirement -- FORTY YEARS of it. So, yes, if you can find a good mindset, keep going.
If, however, enough is enough, Let it go!
P.S. Don't be surprised if things change, that's life! Few things happen exactly as we plan! Best wishes!