Who Knew Retirement Would Be This Hard
I grieved for my job after I retired.
People said, don't you love being retired?
No, it was so hard, figuring how to channel all the creative energy I used to put into my work.
We grieve for the loss of anything. I had to work through all the stages of grief after I quit teaching. No, do not tell me I should have substituted or volunteered. In my case, that just would have delayed my facing up to the inevitable truth that that part of my life was over and I needed to move on.
Retiring has not been good for me mentally or physically, but it is a fact, and there is no going back now.
Don't get me wrong, sure it is an easier life, but it certainly has taken me a long time adjusting to this new normal. No way would I ever want to go back now, but getting used to this new stage in my life really has been a lot harder than I could ever have imagined.