They say that retirement ruins people who don’t know how to keep busy. After spending most of our adult lives working, to suddenly stop doing what we’re so familiar doing feels odd. There were plenty moments of loneliness and doubt the first year after I left Corporate America.
For many years I feared retirement spoiling my parent’s lives as well. Everybody needs to have a sense of purpose, and I couldn’t really tell whether my parents found new purpose in retirement. They no longer had to take care of their adult children, nor were they keeping physically or socially busy as they once were. Perhaps I was simply imprinting my own fears onto them.