(Caution: This is a post about retirement. If you came here for politics I’m sorry to disappoint you.)
Yesterday Walter left a comment on my post:
Unfortunately, I am one of those who retired from something, not to something. I was a high level state government administrator and my work was my identity and passion. I retired almost three years ago. Not being a hobby or volunteer guy, I ended up taking a new job after one year. I am now a minion and work 40 hours per week hating my job. But if I quit, I know what the year without working was like. I am lost, unhappy, and looking for suggestions. I just don’t want the cookie cutter ideas of get a hobby, learn to play an instrument, learn a new language, volunteer. My finances are good, my health, except for my frame of mind, is good, but I regret the day I retired and there is no do over and I hate my current job–not challenging, engaging, etc. Is there a retirement to enjoy just relaxing? Suggestions please!!!
In my post yesterday, I wrote that I didn’t think I was alone in feeling the way I do. I don’t think Walter is alone in feeling the way he feels either. So I thought I’d put the question out to you. Fellow retirees who maybe struggled with the same feelings as Walter and came out the other side.
He’s hit on a truth, that we need to feel challenged, engaged, and I also think valued. I have gotten those things over the eight years of my retirement from blogging, my stint at a part-time job, volunteer work, time spent with friends and family, community college classes, traveling, and now piano. But Walter needs some more ideas. Walter needs a project that engages his intellect and passion. I think I can safely say that a retirement spent just relaxing is not going to cut it.
You, my dear readers, have amazed me with your contributions on issues large and small over the years. I have a feeling some of you might be able to help Walter like you’ve helped me over the years. Any ideas?
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