OK, so I’d been pre-occupied with the idea of early retirement over the last few years. However, when I got a taste of ‘mini-retirement’ this past May, I realized that the grass is absolutely not greener on the other side. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that retirement is detrimental to one’s physical and psychological health.
Let’s talk about the physical aspect. When you’re at home and have easy access to food, what do you do? You snack…constantly. I’d put on enough weight in the month of May that the dear husband asked me if I’d gained weight. You’d think that with all the free time in the world, I’d go out more and be active. That never happened. I turned into one giant sloth.
What’s worse than a sloth? A depressed, stupid sloth. When you don’t use your brain it turns into mush, and that in turn makes you question your intelligence, self worth, and what have you. Then you get depressed…big time.
So it was no surprise that was I actually eager to work when the time came. In a matter of 6 weeks, for the first time in my life, I’ve been transformed into an eager beaver ready to work.
We’ll see how long this phase lasts…