When I was made redundant at 59yrs (9 years ago) I embraced the chance to finish – I had a great office job within the church. I decided that I would like to do voluntary work and was fortunate to find a local charity needing an office assistant. It was daunting at first as I had to start at the bottom rung of the ladder – part-time to start. I was with them 5 happy years until my husband retired and he then joined the charity for a year as well.
During my time there I was able to gain teaching qualifications – (free educational place) – helped out with Riding for the Disabled and became a gym bunny.
Since then we have moved house to the Lake District and are loving retirement. Lots of walking, socialising, gardening and trips away.
I did also sign on at the Job Centre and looked for jobs until they stopped payments. Found that we could afford to live on my husbands salary. Best thing that ever happened to me.
Don’t be frightened about finishing early – retiring – embrace it and start a new chapter – retirement is great. Chris xx