Originally Posted by toreornot
...being marginalized by friends, and isolated form the "mainstream".
I would suggest two things.
1. They were not your "friends" to act in such a manner.
2. You may have considered them as such, since they lived a different daily lifestyle than you do, currently.
My suggestion (yes, I'm retired, and I've "been there")? Acquire new friends that have the same outlook on life, regardless of their physical age.
Everybody is different and have different desires once they retire. As for me? I do volunteer work and share the same outlook in life that do the same.
There are a multitude of folks that lead "different lives". You just need to reach out and seek those that have already achieved the freedom you now have....
It's a wonderful world when you meet those that share the same "life condition" as you have now. Relationships via w*rk? That's the past. It's time to move on...