The nightmare of retirement
I dreamed of retirement for years. I am (was) a free-lance writer with over 200 articles and one book published.
Mother & I were best friends & we planned things to do. When I had a chance at early retirement, I grabbed it. Everything has gone bad since that very day.
I had a rough time getting my novel published, & when it came out, I got awful reviews. The paper I wrote for had a takeover & I'm still not sure what will happen there. Had trouble rolling over my IRA, even more trouble with health ins. As soon as my dental ins expired, I broke 2 teeth. Had trouble with an online firm & had to get legal help. Other things too.
I wondered, what more could happen?
In Jan 2015 Mother tried to move the couch, injured her back, took too much ibuprofen, got a GI bleed. One thing led to another. She died in April.
She had been the most healthy, active, with-it 86 yr old you ever could find. It's unbelievable how my life turned into such a nightmare once I retired.
My job was obsolete anyway, so I probably would have been laid off eventually.