WHY are so many New Retirees UNhappy?
by Wendy, Retirement Enthusiast/Coach
Why Oh Why are so many retirees unhappy? Is Retirement fundamentally a bad concept until you are old-old?
I post story after story from anxious, depressed new retirees on my site. Those stories get lots of feedback from other retirees, most of whom agree with the feelings of being lost, useless, unmotivated, and just sad.
I hate this. I mean, I really HATE this.
This should be the time of our life, free to do what we choose to do and when we choose to do it. Financially free, or not, there is so much more retirees can do to explore the world around them and find new adventures daily.
BUT - many don't.
I know I felt the same anxiety when I first retired. But, like many of you, I got over it. It takes time... and if you are lucky, it comes sooner, rather than later, and you come out of the retirement transition period, unscathed.
I can help people with my Retirement Coaching and I do every week - -but still I wonder WHY OH WHY does this happen so often?
Is the idea of freedom something that humans simply can't deal with?
Are humans designed to keep busy with "work" (whatever that "work" is to you)?
Is it our egos that can't believe we aren't missed at the workplace?
Are we depressed as we finally figure out we lived shallow lives with employment as the priority?
When do we finally allow ourselves to live, really live -- smell the roses, take in small daily adventures, engage with others in a meaningful way, stop and think about our lives and where we are headed next?
So what do YOU think?
Seriously, WHY does this happen to so many retirees? Comment below and talk to me!
P.S. I bolded parts of the comments below where I thought what was said was really good -- Didn't want you to miss it!
Wendy, Retirement Enthusiast/Retirement Coach
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