Early retirement sounds great! No working, you can do as you please, you are free to do all that you have wanted to do but haven’t had the time.
Sounds good – doesn’t it? However, early retirement or even retiring at the current retirement age may not bring the freedom and happiness you desire.
At first, it is all new and like being on a holiday, however as time goes on, for some, they begin to feel that they have no purpose and one day drags into the next. Depression can also be real.
Imagine going from feeling wanted and having a purpose in life to having no direction?
It might be easy to physically retire however mentally it can be a very difficult time unless you prepare and have a plan in place. You need to be ready mentally to start this new phase of life which can be wonderful.
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Depression and lack of direction happened to me, so I know what I’m talking about.
My husband had been retired for a few years and we decided that I would take early retirement. I have always lived at 100mph, busy with work, family and friends, exercising, travelling. I was looking forward to spending quality time with my husband and also not having the daily grind of work. Yay! I could start doing all the things I had put on the back burner.
We started with an overseas trip, a Scandanavian Cruise, Berlin, Dusseldorf and then visiting family in Italy. It was wonderful especially as I knew that at the end of the holiday I didn’t have to go back to work.
After the holiday, there was Christmas to organise so life was still okay.
Then reality set in….you can’t travel all the time so how do you fill each day. I’m a person who has always been driven in whatever I do, so to stop suddenly was a great shock to my system. I found I couldn’t concentrate on anything and felt completely lost. Being in good health I was looking at hopefully a long retirement but a retirement full of long monotonous days was not in my plan.
I did feel very depressed and even spoke to the Doctor about it. After a few false starts, and long conversations with my husband, I found that I did need some form of work to keep me occupied. I had a bookkeeping client so kept them going, plus I started some consulting work with small businesses in website design, maintenance and social media management.
I was fortunate to spend quality time with my daughter and beautiful grandson when she was on maternity leave and was grateful to have had that special time.
Finally I decided to take the leap and start a blog Sizzling Towards 60 and facebook page. I wanted to encourage other midlifers that life doesn’t end when you retire but it can be the most wonderful time in your life. I love my communication with my ‘Sizzler’s as I call them and it has given me the purpose I needed as well as being able to help and inspire others.
Life now is hectic, but it is as hectic as I want it to be.
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I have quality time with my darling husband, I look after my grandson once a week and I blog, plan holidays and still have my two or three clients.
After two years as a retiree, I have finally found the happy medium and am loving my life.
PLANNING MENTALLY FOR RETIREMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PLANS YOU CAN MAKE FOR YOUR FUTURE.
In my next Retirement series post, I look at ways you can plan And enjoy a fabulous retirement.