The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
by, 10-27-2010 at 05:08 PM (1218 Views)
So what's going great? The lack of time pressures of a job is great. Like I said its an endless weekend. I get to do what I want when I want (well still have my wife's directions but you get the picture). No commuting, not working late or those sort of thing. Still can't get the smile off my face most of the time.
So what is the bad part? Mostly it is the lack of meaning/purpose or what have you that work gave of the day. Work was a big part of my identity as it likely is for most folks. I had worked for about 30 years in the organization I left. Needless to say leaving created a bit of a void. The endless weekend phase allows this fact to be ignored in the short term, that's why I use the term as weekends end and you go back to work. This is coping strategy will end when it happens.
What fits into the ugly category? That is all the changes that have to happen if leave a job. Got to get new email address and update all those sites that used my work address as the ciontact email. Had to change or start health care plans to those available to retirees or get on my wife's (usually on them but got to check and update) plans. This administrivia all needs to be done and can't wait. This stuff constiture the things that change the endless weekend phase into retirement.
There you have it all parts are needed to go through the process. Starting to get boring so maybe more tommorrow.