Retirement is not for sissies!

… that goes for semi-retirement too!

WARNING: I KNOW I THINK TOO MUCH – that is just how I am made!

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I left my full-time job in 2010 to move to the country. I have no regrets – best thing we ever did. Interestingly it has been a lot more challenging that I thought it would be.

It is only recently that I came to see some of the underlying challenges. Here are some fears I discovered lurking in the back of my mind:

  • fear of economic insecurity
  • fear of losing my skills and abilities from the workplace
  • becoming irrelevant
  • fear of being seen as old and redundant
  • frustration at not being able to contribute in familiar ways
  • fear of becoming boring

I now have time on my hands and choices of how to spend it. That seemed like a real luxury when I was working full-time. Now I am faced with decisions of ‘I should … ‘ or I shouldn’t …’. I also feel some guilt that I am so lucky to be in the place I am in, so I should be enjoying it more.

My intention was to get some part-time work and then to enjoy the benefits of semi-retirement. I have been so focused on getting some work that the rest has been put to one side.

I made a big decision this week. I am going to shift my focus and give priority to doing things I enjoy doing.

I will assess whatever comes along and pursue opportunities that feed me as a person. I can put aside being an employee or being a self-employed consultant. I want to explore my dreams. I have given myself permission TO HAVE dreams! When my focus was on earning some income everything this was put on hold.

I still hope to earn some $’s along the way – I have just shifted my priorities. I don’t know if my words here are actually conveying what I am trying to say – but I feel so much happier in myself and have more energy and enthusiasm for life. YAY!

Lorraine πŸ™‚

9 thoughts on “Retirement is not for sissies!

  1. A few things have worked for me. When work is sparse, enrol in courses (I’m going back to uni this year to do a PT Masters in non-fiction writing, yeah!). Join activities that have a high percentage of young people in them. This not only helps to understand where Gen Y is coming from, but I’ve picked up tech and other useful tips from them (not to mention getting a huge buzz out of their company). Don’t sweat the work, it will come when you least expect it.

    • Yes, some good ideas there. I am part way through a Grad Cert in Professional Writing but I am not really inspired by it. I wouldn’t mind doing some face to face classes as my course in online. I have my eye out for a not-for-profit group to get involved with. I want to choose stuff that excites me rather than just keeps me busy. Thanks for your thoughts – I agree it is good to mix with younger people too.

  2. Much of life is caught up in our work-life identity. When we shed that label, it’s normal to ponder a bit about the best use of our time.

    Sounds like you are on the right track!

  3. Rainee, you are right on the money (or not money) with this. Excitement should win every time. In earlier years money wins but at this end of life the time is right to make sure you love what you do and do what you love. And that’s from someone sadly addicted to work satisfaction.
    In a different life you and I would have really gelled.
    Hope to get to see you sometime in 2014.

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