Originally Posted by TROYRAY
Hello Group, I will be retiring on January 31, 2008, after almost 30 years with the City, all within the same Dept.
Like you, I spent most of my "adult life" at the same company. While I did "work" at two other places (12 years combined) before I started at my "terminal employer", for 28+ years my leaving (also because of change in company owners/management) was sort of bittersweet.
You have to realize that your time there was more than just a "j*b", in the sense that you probably spent more wakeing time there than with your own family and/or friends.
It will almost seem a bit like death or divorce. You don't necessarily plan for either, but you know that they may/will happen so you think about what you will do "after".
Also, like you (I believe) I didn't have any strong "outside interests" that would want to make me leave, so that's another "problem" for us "senior folks" (unlike the younger crowd that seem to change jobs easily).
All I know that when I retired (this year, age 59) I knew it was "time". Also like you, I knew that I would be financially comfortable with my decision.
It took me about three months of sitting around, working around the house, and wondering if I had done the right thing.
My wife said that I needed to "get out" (she still works) and do "something". OK, so what will I do? My skills are limited (so I believed) in what my j*b was.
After several attemps at volunteer work (assisting low income folks in financial planning - e.g. budgets, credit report reviews, etc.) I started volunteer work on the local Meals On Wheels (food delivery to elderly/shut-ins). What started out as a 2x/month schedule is now 2-3 days a week, and I greatly enjoy it (only takes 2-3 hours a day).
What I enjoy most is that the folks you are delivering to often give you "thanks" for their meal delivery (can't tell you the last time I heard the word when I was "employed"). For the first time in a great many years, I feel that I'm making a difference in someone's life (and they can't pay you for that feeling).
Just hang in there. You will find something - remember, you are starting the "best time of your life". Relax, and enjoy the ride (and the possibilities)...