Why do I constantly get asked...have you found a job yet???
by Torn what to do
I can't seem to find the answer as to why friends and former co-workers keep asking me if I found work yet?
Why does a retiree have to work?
I'll admit I retired early at 50 years old, knowing it would be a very modest retirement. In 2012 I had enough after working long hours year after year for a large corporation for over 30 years. It was too stressful, and no work life balance.
Long story short, I left to go after my passion for gardening, flowers, planting a "seasonal" position and have the gruesome winter's off. I was lucky and found work which I did for only two seasons. The physical labour darn near killed me! Not to mention being treated like a child and grunt! I never anticipated that that could be a possibility. The only good part was I got in great shape.
It's now been two years that I haven't worked the greenhouse job and I'm too chicken to go back looking again. I have this fear that I find work where I'll be treated crappy again for minimum wage. I don't want the office work again and would prefer part-time but where I live that typically means having to work nights and weekends. YUK!!!
I don't tell friends or former co-workers that I'm not happy not working but I'll admit I feel like I don't really have a purpose anymore.
I live in the country so during spring, summer and fall I can keep rather busy outdoors but winter is rather painful!
To get back to my question... why does everyone think you should work till your old and decrepit?
I'm 54 now and was really hoping to enjoy retirement but I'll admit I feel like I need some work but I don't want the stress. I've looked for online work but can't seem to find anything ligit.
It's also been two years that I have not worked and I think this gap on my resume would be a problem. I'm chicken to go back out there yet I feel like I need to work to have a purpose. It's been a battle in my head for two years, scared to go out there but not satisfied staying at home.
Anyone else feel like this or is it just me?
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