People often stay at a job for reasons other than to earn enough money to provide for the basic necessities of food and shelter. So much of our self-image is tied directly to our jobs. When we are introduced to someone, we are introduced in terms of what we do for a living.
For some people, losing that job description at retirement is frightening. They have no idea who they will “be” without that standard line to fall back on. For others, it’s the loss of the power associated with their job, or the constant personal reinforcement that success brings, or the business friendships that have developed over the years. All they can think about is what they will lose: their identity, their relationships, that daily structure.
It is very important, therefore, that you retire TO something, not FROM something. Just look at the stories below for inspiration.