The Illusion of Retirement
by Jeanine, Illinois Retiree
I retired at 69 due to downsizing. I guess it was about time though. Have been retired 7 months now and haven't been enjoying much of it.
Had been working for 51 years and all the plans I made while in my 50's about retirement and all the projects and traveling I was going to do just aren't happening.
I suppose if I had a spouse or partner to fulfill my retirement dreams I would be more "out there". Just don't seem to have the desire to do anything.
Don't get me wrong, my "to do" list is longer than my arm. Just no desire to get the jobs done. Anxiety seems to be the key to retirement. I am doing the "volunteering" that people talk about and I do have a part-time job at a day care center one day a week. I am lucky in that I have my children and grandchildren close by, but my biggest issue is the anxiety.
Any ideas how to calm down the anxiety?