If we’re being honest, hanging up your boots is a big change for any retiree. With the average retirement age being 62, these individuals may have very well spent almost 40 years under someone’s employ. That’s almost half a century of following the same daily routine, but the person now has to conform to an entirely different one.
That most people aren’t forced into retirement means that they were planning for it and weren’t caught by surprise. With all the preparations, however, there are still some things that a retiree never anticipates.
Bill Brown, who retired in 2018 aged 65, opened up to Business Insider about the two things he never saw coming, stating that the first one reared its ugly head before he’d left work entirely.
For him, retirement was an enticing prospect, one that couldn’t come soon enough. With his enthusiasm, he definitely shared the news with his friends and colleagues, but instead of being happy for him, they were all negative about it.
As Brown says, he’d have thought that they would congratulate him and wish to have had as good a career as he did. Unfortunately, they were all about how he wouldn’t enjoy his retirement. Strange, right?
The retiree describes himself as a man with type A personality, and has had a fulfilling career as an IT expert. However, as he puts it, the negativity and lack of enthusiasm among his friends and colleagues when he shared his retirement news dampened his mood about the whole thing.
According to the man, it doesn’t matter the type of relationship you guys have, but you should never tell anyone that they won’t enjoy their retirement.
The second surprise, Brown reveals, came a few weeks after he’d finally left work. Apparently, he and his wife hadn’t put much thought into how much time they’d end up spending together, now that they were both retired.
As the man explains, both their careers were demanding and they sometimes only hang out during the weekend because Brown’s job had him traveling a lot. Admitting that it may sound rude to some, he says that the abundance of time with both of them in the house caught them by surprise.
Altering the Schedule
So much so that they had to alter their retirement schedules, with Mrs. Brown filling her calendar with lots of volunteer activities. She also made a point of catching up with her friends more, and they now meet up for meals often.
As for Brown, he figured that finding a hobby would do the trick for him. He put up a shed in his backyard, and most of the time you’ll find him back there woodworking.
You must be thinking that this couple is really determined on not spending time together, right? You’re wrong though. What the partners don’t want is to spend too much time together, but that doesn’t mean that they hardly hang out.
You’d be surprised that in the 18 months that Brown has been on retirement, he has been on several vacations with his wife. They’ve been traveling quite a lot, and he says that despite what people predicted, he has loved every minute of being retired.