If you are a regular reader of Satisfying Retirement you know that I am pleased with how my retirement journey is progressing. After a few rough years of figuring out how to make the most of my freedom and opportunities, the time since then has been some of the most productive, creative, and satisfying of my life.
If I judge the quality of retirement based on the majority of comments left after each post, I have to assume many readers of this blog are having a similar experience. Rough patches and challenges sure, but the overall experience has been a positive one.
However, to assume that condition is universal would be a mistake. Surely, there are readers of this blog who are not having a satisfying retirement. There are struggles with financial, health, relational, or time management problems. Not going to work leaves a void that has yet to be filled. Trying to fill the day with something more than TV and naps can be a struggle.
As we start the summer season, often we have extra time to slow down a bit and take a closer look at how our life is unfolding. I thought it would be helpful for all of us, no matter how our retirement is going, to solicit comments from folks who are not having a particularly satisfying retirement.
While each of us constructs a unique journey through this stage of life, some of the most helpful post of the last (almost) four years have been those that asked you for your feedback on what is going well.
This time, I'd like to hear from those who have some struggles after leaving work. If you are having a less than satisfying retirement remember you are not alone. In fact, by sharing those things that bother you, other comments and replays should help you feel better about your journey.
If you would prefer to leave your comment anonymously instead of adding your name, please do so. The goal of this post is simple: allow those who are not having a satisfactory retirement to tell us all why, and to allow others to support and encourage all of us.