Hi Warren & welcome to the forum.
Good question and one for which I see no answer.
I have been self employed for the past 16 years and am tapering off slowly. I do sometimes feel that my sense of purpose is diminishing somewhat.
And then I go camping and all's well again!
I have always to set myself a goal. Even retirement means setting small goals of what I want to do or where I want to travel/visit. That way everything have a meaning and keep my mind busy. Did follow that recipe for years in my sport and workplace and it works for me. Will never feel I lost my sense of purpose I hope.
I will express just my feelings and opinions on this. Everybody may not agree.
Sense of purpose comes with a determination to achieve certain goals which are set for us during the course of our lives.
Maybe we are all born with a sense of purpose. It probably starts at a very young age, when you start to eat by yourself, walk by yourself, etc. As life goes on your sense of purpose changes. When you start pre-school or primary school. When you go to high school it changes again. So, it goes on in life. Further studies, going into a job, getting married, starting a family, buying a home, raising your own children, experience your grandchildren. All these things come with a sense of purpose because it all means something different at the different stages in our lives. Now, after achieving all of the above, you have reached a stage where you have to put it behind you and embrace the new life of retirement, which brings a new sense of purpose.
What I make of my life, depends on me, not someone else or outside factors. If I decide to be happy in my circumstances, make the best of it every day during the time I have left, enjoy the freedom which I deserve, because I went through life to get to this stage, then I have a new sense of purpose.
Warren, your question is not strange, I think we all go through the same feelings. It is a bit overwhelming at first, almost as if you cannot believe it is really true. Just after my retirement, I actually felt guilty in the mornings, knowing I am just staying at home. I felt it was my duty to go to work. We cannot turn back the clock. Believe me, being on permanent holiday is the best!
Warren, warm welcome on the forums, do enjoy the chats and dhare your experiences eith us.
I could not agree with Freda more, she has said it.
Once you start pension, the first feeling is guild, that is soon pushed aside by the new joys of life, such as freedom after many years of hard work, enjoying the grand children, do what you like, take your time in doing what ever you want to do.
Do not go sit and wait for the final stage, go out and enjoy the blessings of life, you will soon find that time has taken some red bull
Morning Warren, welcome to our little neck of the woods...
Kick back, crack a frostie & enjoy the ride, and just keep on posting...
Not a "full timer" but still an interesting question...
Gonna keep track-o-this-topic
Oh BTW? I'm the daft one
Neef Herman, ek stem heeltemal saam met jou. Waaroor bekommerd wees oor goed waaroor jy geen beheer het nie. Ontspan en geniet die lewe. Dit is tog een van die redes hoekom ons aftree of liewer uittree. Ek voel ook nie vir n purpose driven retirement nie en voel glad nie sleg as ek niks konstruktiefs doen vir n dag nie. Ek doen wat ek wil en geniet dit.
In die begin van aftrede byt die skuld gevoel jou indien jy niks doen nie, raak gou ontslae van daardie bobejaantjie want hy kan vinnig in n gorilla ontpop.Ek het gewerk tot aftrede/uittrede en nou is dit my beurt van geniet
Herman en Bugsy dit is presies hoe ek voel. Geen skuldgevoelens omdat ek nou "leeg lê en niks doen nie". Ek sorg vir die huis, maak vir ons kos en verder doen ek wat ek wil, soos ek wil, wanneer ek wil, hoe ek wil. En as ek nie wil nie, dan los ek dit tot 'n ander dag.
Proffie, jy is reg, om voltyds te kamp is 'n besige lewensstyl. Ons toer nou amper 2 jaar en nog steeds probeer ek die niksdoen wat van vorige dae oorgestaan het op te vang. Daar is al heelwat daaroor geskryf op hierdie forum, jy moet net by die kopskuif verbykom en jy is oppad na 'n rustige lewensstyl. Geniet dit.
Nog 'n paar jaar voor ek daar is,......................... maar voor dit...................... wil ek nog baie gaan kamp.