Yeah retirement sucks,I tend to agree

by Mark/US

I just wasted 3 years of being retired.

Mostly it been an adventure of boredom, anxiety and depression. I try to keep a schedule, have done some volunteer work. I'm now job hunting at 63, not very fun. Work provides a mission and purpose, lets you use your brain skills.

These things are missing when you retire. In my case I feel useless a lot of the time. If I had to do it again, I would have kept working, even with the new "dictator dept. director" that caused me to leave.

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Needs socialization
by: Sherry/ NC

Maybe you are an introvert? I don't know you, but introverts need to be around people at times and have conversations.

You don't have to go back to work to find your needs. You can join a club and help others. Do some volunteer work and help others once a week, every 2 weeks, or once a month; just something to do. Get your home organized and repair whatever needs to be done this will make you feel good!

Do something nice for your family, say something nice. Do something nice for a neighbor. Take a neighbor out for ice cream! Help your neighbor with their yard work or house work! You will feel so good.

Good luck

Yeah. Whar?
by: Craig/Minnesota

Yeah, going back to the workplace that drove you to retire is an interesting strategy. I suspect that you won't be bored. Perhaps crashing and burning at the old job is better than retirement. I would call that the Kamikaze Plan. Good luck.

Life and Retirement
by: Sherry/ NC

Your life needs a balance: work, play, and rest! You will be happy.

Just move
by: Mike Canberra

Sorry Guys I agree with Percy. Retirement is the best and being chained to a computer at the office and tortured by endless idiotic emails is not living.

I am 64 and retired three years ago. I am blessed with a large family and good health so I am always doing something, If your bored walk and hour a day, read a book, go for a swim, paint the ceiling, do your own car maintenance, Do something , anything just get off your bum and move.

Caution don't take up golf it does your head in and is dangerously addictive.

Best wishes

Still Adjusting
by: Canadian Retiree

I tend to agree with others comments about the boredom, anxiety and depression aspects of retirement. I too experienced this and am still navigating my way through the retirement maze.

I retired a year earlier than I had planned due to a year off while battling breast cancer. I was 63 and was struggling with my health when my treatments ended. Part of me wanted to return to work but I didn’t have the energy so I retired. Now I feel fine and wonder what the heck I did. I miss my job of 20 years.

I’m trying to find things to do. I tried a hospital gift shop volunteer gig but didn’t stick it out long. I’m taking an art class and piano lessons but as Mark says it only partially fills my time.

My husband is retired and sometimes we get on each other’s nerves.

I’m thinking about returning to work at least in a temporary position. I agree working does keep your brain sharp and gives you a purpose.

Stir Crazy
by: Percy Blakeney

With regards the recent article pertaining to retirement frustration - at 63 years of age no less, I do find it utterly incredulous that anyone can spend the best part of half a century shackled to the workplace and still yearn to be associated with it well into their 60's - 'Stir Crazy' indeed, or victims of 'Chronophobia' if you will.

It is nothing short of a human tragedy that people have been programmed or conditioned to accept that the death of their employment era is equal to the psychological expiry of themselves, how preposterous.

No words of mine can possibly ease the distress of this mind-blowing malady, that of which affects countless of disillusioned sufferer's worldwide, even if I had the privilege of inviting them to examine the alternatives to an existence well-removed from the proverbial, life-sapping office that mercilessly claimed the best days of their shallow existence, it would have little impact on them.

They remain as myopic slaves and unwitting serf's within a grueling amphitheater that has surreptitiously purloined their 20-20 focus on surviving in a world outside of the employment arena. If there exists a Gold Medal for self-destructiveness, the International Body who produces such a dreadful award should immediately dispatch a bucketful of them to RoL HQ, there are apparently many who subscribe or woefully contribute to this website that are thoroughly deserving of adorning such an inglorious decoration, heck, Wendy could be seen conducting an award ceremony 40 or 50 times per week, given the sheer volume of defeatist correspondence that comes her way.

Puh-leeze! Let us change this wearisome topic good people, and start living and contributing on retirement matters that are positively divorced from the workplace of yesteryear.

I tend to a agree
by: Josh

Retired about 1 year ago. My retirement wasn't boss related but burnout / stress / depression related. Not wanting to do same field after 30 years. Decided mental health came first.
Retirement has been very up and down adjusting.

Finally decided I needed something more to fill in the blank hours. Supposed to start a very PT job. End of July / beginning of August for training. Hopefully it will work out and help fill the time gaps. The money @$15 p/ is secondary. I volunteer 2x a week 4-5 hrs each, started tennis lessons and hike periodically. Not enough to fill the time

Consider looking for something PT to fill the time gaps.

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