“My husband and I are about four years away from what I call “re-alignment/re-invention time” or as more commonly known as “retirement” from full time paid employment…
I am almost 64, and hubby is 65. I have owned/run a successful after school tuition business for 14 years, and it is a business that I could begin training an assistant manager-type person to free up some time for me, and it’s also quite common in my industry to appoint a manager to run the place while I still do a few administrative tasks but don’t have to be there doing the grunt work every day.
I can keep the interest in the business while I’m still wanting to. My husband is a teacher, so he may like to do the odd day of relieving (in his current school) or take on a part-time teaching job for a few hours a week – until he tires of it. We have done the math and we should be comfortable financially. That’s not really the issue.
My issue is that – because I have been so fully engaged in building and running my business, I have had little time to cultivate other interests/social groups, etc. It’s been “all-consuming.”
I want this time to be filled with meaningful, interesting, fulfilling activities because that’s what I need. I don’t want to fill my days with trivial stuff. I need to be purposeful and continue to use my brain. I need to be around people of a similar ilk as well. I know that I really need to start getting myself into some social, art, service, exercise groups now.
I have started making a list (my “go-to” thing to do when things get hard) and the idea of joining a group of similar minded women really appeals. I haven’t heard of anything existing that fits the bill (we live in a relatively small city of 50,000). So – typically me – I have been thinking I could start my own “Soon to be Retired” (I’d think of a catchy name) of like-minded women. I’d probably get it started via Facebook if I couldn’t find anything existing to join.
Just interested to know how others have dealt with these pre-retirement thoughts. What has been your saving grace? I know a church commitment might be recommended but I don’t see myself comfortable with that. Love to hear about others’ experiences / thoughts/ suggestions.” -Anonymous