Well, you are something, Steve, you could be the poster boy for Retirement. It’s been six months, and you have been just enjoying ‘stuff.’ Yes, that National Geographic channel is great, especially the underwater photography. What’s wrong with taking it easy? You worked long and hard for this reward. And it wasn’t easy climbing that ladder to success. Now is the time to reap the rewards.
Your days are full. You make coffee, read the paper, take the dog out for walks, and you even go to the grocery store once a week. Your wife, Emily, wants you to learn to play bridge but that sounds like homework. Slowly, you start to realize you are missing some of the people from work. There’s Jerry, your friend in HR. He always had a joke in the morning, and what about Suzanne? She really knew how to create those fancy spreadsheets and deal with data management.
The weekly staff meetings were pretty cool, too. You were actually an awesome boss, Steve. You always congratulated the effort of different people and noticed how they really stood a little taller with a few kind words. In fact, it made you proud, too. All this thinking made you call the office last week. Jerry told you they had lots of new clients, and the new boss has changed the way they do things. Even though he said to come by some time and maybe he could do lunch, you could tell he probably couldn’t because most days they eat in the staff room.
Yesterday, you felt a little useless. Uh Oh, that voice in your head started chattering again. “What is the point of getting out of bed in the morning, Steve? Now you are thinking that the truth is after watching three or four of those ‘good’ Netflix and Amazon shows, they were mostly boring and silly. You never liked crosswords and Sudoku. Actually, the only person you talked to all last week was the mailman. Have you noticed that you go to the fridge more often than you ever did? What’s the story with making LUNCH that is so important? Was that you wandering towards the liquor cabinet midday? Steve, what’s going on?
If you think this is a red flag and are feeling like maybe you should have worked with that Retirement Coach you heard about, turn to Index A and the Curious List.