Wish I knew what I will be doing
I just found out that the plant that I have been working at for over 37 years is being closed and the work sent to Mexico. I am SAD SAD SAD.
I am s 66 yrs old women and I am eligible for 2 pension checks and social security plus an ira that I have had for 40 years so money isn't a pressing problem but who knows what will happen in the future.
My main problem is that I have to grieve silently. Everybody tells me how lucky I am that I will get severence plus unemployment bla bla bla. I wasn't ready to retire.
I have invested a lot of my time and emotional energy in my work and now it is leaving the country and to add insult to injury I have to train the Mexican who is taking over my job how to run my equipment.
So I would like to know what you do all day when you don't work. I do have a few hobbies and I go to the gym 4 days a week. I also run and race in 5k's but that will not fill up my time. I am not artsy at all.
My grandkids live in Arizona and they are 20 and 24 so they certainly don't need a babysitter. I have no interest in any thing like the red hat club or bridge or anything like that.
It's been easy for people to be judgemental of me because I won't be in financial straits but there is more to losing your job than the money.
If you don't work, what is it that you do to structure your day ?
Wendy THAT is the reason for this website... it's not about money, though a struggling retiree would certainly disagree.
What to DO all day, every day? Esp when you were dedicated to your employer, and it sounds like you were. One suggestion, register for my Retirement Ideas Workshop. A simple series of emails with Ideas on Different Things to Consider to Keep Busy... maybe one will click with you!
One last comment -- you mentioned grieving. You will and need to allow yourself time to grieve the loss of your job. Just like the loss of anything big in life, you need the grieving process to get past it... but YOU WILL Move past it. It just takes time.