We had a lovely lunch today with friends of 40 years who we hadn't seen for 3 years. As expected the conversation came around to my Hubby's retirement in 7 weeks, me already being retired and the woman of the couple thinking about retiring in June.
So the big question was "What do/will you do with your time?"
I think that is the hardest thing for people who have had an engaging professional career with little time or inclination for hobbies or avocations, no grandchildren (or at least none nearby), and little idea of what will replace the satisfactions of their work, the structure of work days and the enjoyment of spending time with colleagues.
I know I continue to struggle with this and lost what I had settled on with our cross-country move. I also spent the last year focused on our house sale, house purchase & move. Bit by bit I am trying out new activities to try to recreate my life in a satisfying way.
Hubby hasn't thought about it yet - or so he claims. Our friend genuinely had no idea how she would want to spend her time.
How have you approached this or seen others approach it? What has worked - or not worked - for you?
Let's get a discussion going.