Retirement turned out not to be what I had expected. Both my and my wife's parents passed away before or shortly after I retired at the tender age of 54. But my parents' last years created a lot of anxiety as they were totally unprepared for assisted living and later a nursing home. After working at home making a successful full time job out my hobby of many years (trading and investing in global markets), I became gravely ill following brain surgery. My wife, who is an attorney and general counsel for the several family businesses, took care of me and gave me her undivided attention and support throughout my six-month convalescence. She did not want to leave me home alone and started taking me to work with her. Now I work part time in the family businesses in the area of corporate finance and as trustee of our 401-K plan.
It has been wonderful to do what I love and call it a job! It certainly is far away from my original career as an experimental psychologist!
One never knows how things will turn out. But what started as almost a tragic death ended up in a renewed relationship with my wife, our son (from her previous marriage) and his wife. On February 6, 2010, they gave us the most precious gift: our first grandson. So our lives have really been blessed.
I suppose the moral of my story is: Expect the unexpected, embrace it and turned it into something wonderful with the support of your family and friends.
What a wonderful story! You are truly blessed, and you are quite right - the unexpected will happen to us no matter how well or poorly we plan. Adaptability is an crucial component of maturing as a person. It is the true success in life, I think.
May your future continue bright!
Thank you for your kind words, jkm51! Yes, adaptability is a crucial component in maturing as a person. We are dealt the cards we have in life. What we do with them is up to us. I feel that as I finished a journey, I began another one. Where it will lead, I do not know. But with the care and support of loved ones and friends, I know it will have a happy ending.
May your future also continue bright, my friend.
for me, also writing (daily, dedicated). Not in a book but my writing goes out on Twitter. Also was age 67 when I retired (began Medicare and Social Security direct deposits) when my spouse also retired. I am not quite as old as she is.
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