Working Part-time After Retirement:
Recently a friend of mine made a comment that made me realize that although I have been saying that I was retired for the past ten years I really wasn’t. I kept making myself available to the office. I thought it would be less painful to ease into retirement, not dive in all at once. I think it might have been easier to acclimate to the new environment if I had just jumped in. Now I think that it might be like jumping into a cold lake, there is an initial shock, but then you get over it quickly.
There are lots of reasons to continue working part-time and in these economic times financial reasons are certainly valid ones. I do believe though, that I am just now dealing with the issues of retirement because I haven’t allowed myself the true freedom that I expected to have. Before I quit all together I was always anticipating that I might be needed in the office and I believe that may have kept me from planning to do the things I really wanted to do.
My prior business partners gave me all the flexibility I wanted. I could come and go as I pleased. I can’t even blame it on them. I could have said “no” any time I had something else planned. But, it is hard to give up that sense of loyalty and the sense of responsibility that goes with years of dedication. Maybe if I hadn’t loved many aspects of my job it would not have been an issue. It was almost like an addiction.
Just food for thought if you are thinking about retirement….