Recently I have brought together a small group of people around my age who are no longer working full-time. Last week we talked about what we hoped to do in retirement or semi-retirement and then reflected on what it is REALLY like. Most people expressed at least some of the following concerns:
- Fear of not keeping up with what is happening in the workplace eg technology
- Running out of ideas on how to fill the day (after doing the house and garden until it is perfect)
- Loss of interaction with other people
- Loss of identity now that we cannot be defined by our jobs
- Feeling guilty that we should be happier not working
- How long does the money have to last?
- Too much time for contemplation
- Lack of boundaries that we forced on us when we were working
I am aware that there seems to be little support or training to prepare people for retirement. There is always a big emphasis about the financial side but not as much about the social aspects.
There is the good side as well – I haven’t focused on that in this post. I think we would all agree that not having to set the alarm to get up early for work is the number ONE bonus of not working full-time 🙂