Four wks to retirement - mixed feelings

colorcrazyOctober 3, 2013

My job totally changed a few months ago and it is no longer fun, so I decided to retire. Problem is that my husband has to work until January, 2020. I need to find things to do. I've been so caught up in my work, I don't have much of a social life. Lots of hobbies, but the kind that you do alone at home. Worried about depression, etc. Will likely end up working somewhere else, just to keep busy. (No kids or grandkids.) Anyone else in this situation?

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Volunteer volunteer volunteer, I was a Senior Peer Counselor for 6 years and it was a wonderful experience. I saw one client at a time, one afternoon a week, and twice a month met with other counselors and our supervisor. Check with your local senior Area Agency on Aging. Now I still see one client unofficially atho I have quit the program, and I help her with her chores and shopping (she is 89 and blind, living independently). And I am on the Advisory council for the local AAA. Again, very rewarding.

You can volunteer with kids, with seniors, with animals. But get out of the house and stay busy.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 10:49PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois might have something for you to consider.


    Bookmark   October 4, 2013 at 12:46PM
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Thanks, Sushipup and Jim, for the suggestions!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 12:44PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois

Another thing about volunteering is that the people who you work with will see your work ethic and it just might lead to a paid position somewhere. Jump in and do everything the right way!


    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 9:05PM
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Hi colorcrazy,

What is it about freedom that you find disconcerting?

ole joyfuelled ... with a bit o' help from a shot o' coffee, now and then

    Bookmark   December 7, 2013 at 2:58PM
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I can understand your mixed feeling, crazycolor. We've been retired for a couple of years. DH is fine sitting at home daily; not me so much. I also have solo hobbies as well.

I'm considering doing big brother/big sister. I did it in my earlier years and found it extremely rewarding.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2014 at 6:42PM
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Well, colorcrazy ...

... how's retirement going?

Have you been able to cope with it reasonably well?

Hope it hasn't been getting you down.

It's a big, old world out there - full of interesting things to see, experience and do ... plus share.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   December 18, 2014 at 3:29PM
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I too am interested to know how Colorcrazy is finding it?

I am less than two weeks away from retirement & my DH won't retire until summer of 2022.

Edited - Never mind, I just noticed this post was from Oct 2013,

This post was edited by decordummy on Sun, Jan 4, 15 at 19:01

    Bookmark   January 4, 2015 at 6:58PM
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