One of the big surprises to me is how easy and fast it was to transition into retirement. Several who have gone before me told me this was going to be the case, but I guess I did not quite believe it for myself. They were right!
For me, the transition has gone smoothly, because I knew myself well enough to know that I had to have a plan. So, on my first week of retirement, I knew that I had several activities lined up so that I would not be looking at myself in the mirror wondering what to do now.
Specific things that have been an easier transition than I imagined:
* Going from having a lot of responsibility and in a high level leadership position to being in charge of the dog. A few people did tell me that this was a little bit of a transition for them; it was not an issue for me at all and probably was an indicator that my identity was not completely wrapped up in my job.
* Going from putting money in our portfolio for 30 plus years to taking money out of the portfolio to live on. I was certain this was going to be a transition for me. I thought maybe there would be a tendency for me to more frugal or less generous with money. The opposite has been true. I feel more generous and I am no more frugal than before (however, some would say that it was likely not possible for me to be more frugal).
* Starting a lot of new things, like teaching every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 am. Once again, this turned out to be an easier transition than what I expected and I am really enjoying my 30 students!
A Boomer in Transition