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Old 02-04-2015, 06:46 AM
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Oh, I so totally agree with you, it's not funny. I have often thought this exact thing about a typical work life. Yes!
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by curmudgette View Post
I'm in the process of retiring after *extreme* burnout.
Right now I just want to spend my days useless and unproductive. The most exciting thing I did today was to photograph a green anole lizard as he changed from green to brown, and I got tremendous joy from that.

Is it okay to be useless for a while?
I am just surfacing after a 13 month "transition period", which is my non-judgemental way of describing my 12+ months of doing little other than absolutely necessary chores (laundry, groceries, cooking) other than setting up my finances for the future. A lot of the last 13 months has been about reading & studying investments, retirement finances, asset allocation, studying my expenses & budgeting... a whole lot of reading, much of it online.

The rest has been about taking walks, watching movies at home & planning - but not doing - some home decor updates on sites like pinterest. Lots of movies & docs... I'm a big fan, typical 2/night through TCM, HBO, Netflix, etc.... And spending more time with family members.

I took a package offered at work, that was offered about 2-3 years before I had expected to retire, because of the boredom & feeling I was wasting my life in an increasingly corporate & bad atmosphere 10 hours per day.The sudden offer, acceptance & life change, coinciding with last years winter, eventually put me in a frame of mind that I wanted to change some things about my life going forward. I had thought about contracting projects in my field or even getting a fulltime job for a couple of years, but with distance & my head clear I realized that 30 years is enough & I want to move on to something else, what ever that may be, & it probably isn't more employment.

I am now amping up my home renovating activities & seriously considering my cooking & food budgeting, I hardly cooked for the last 25 years. I just got bored with the aimlessness & passivity at about the 1 year point.

Thank goodness I am single because if I had a partner I think I would've, at least, tried her patience with my apparent inactivity, but I feel I needed to clear my head for the new road ahead.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:07 PM
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Welcome back! I read with great interest about your home renovating goals. We are doing the same thing! Now in retirement, we have the time and patience to research everything. It's great fun!
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