Originally Posted by Forced to Retire
As I sit in the mall, and look at these sad people I wonder what they may have been in their working life before society and the corporate employers sent them packing. Maybe a bank Vice President, A Lawyer, a Public Relations Executive, a HR Manager. Who knows. But this week they are just killing time.
One of my fears when I decided to FIRE was that I would end up vegetating at home (or wherever) - essentially doing nothing but watching the days go by.
Almost three years in, I realize how misplaced that fear was. Keeping myself physically and mentally active is easier than I thought it would be. There are so many things to do (especially in a big city), I am spoiled for choice. Sometimes, I spend more time deciding what not to do rather than what to do and wish there were more than 24 hours in a day and more than 7 days in a week.
And, sure, some things cost money but there are plenty of low cost or free options - half-priced movies, walks in the country parks, a day at the beach, volunteer activities and all the great things one can do on a computer. The list is endless.
And, yes, I was to some extent married to my job (partner in a big law firm) but I never felt like the job defined me and (absent physical or mental health issues) I fail to see why people resign themselves to doing nothing.