I realized / discovered at the end of 2016 that I’d been mildly depressed for the previous 4-6 months, maybe a little longer.
Some of it is to due with me being in mourning for my old life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not missing my job or working. I am missing the social aspects of work. I am missing my old apartment. I am missing my old friends and some of the restaurants and places we’d go to. I am missing great Mexican food; I haven’t even found acceptable Mexican food, yet.
I’m really missing my old routines.
It took a while to hit me because of all the excitement of moving, setting up a new home and reconnecting with family. About May / June 2016, that was all done and I could relax. That’s when I began thinking, “Is this it?” and started sliding into a mild depression.
What I hadn’t done in that time was set setup My New Normal. That’s still a work in progress.
It hit me the other day that Retirement is a lot like finding a new job. You have the should I, shouldn’t I discussions. Then there’s the excitement of the hunt. The thrill of finding the new job and leaving the old one behind with all of its frustrations. Finally, the realization that while you’ve left awful John in Accounting behind, you’ve now got the dreadful Alex from marketing to deal with. In my case, John/ Alex is dealing with Hanover Housing, the organization who manage The Greenwoods.
To help me with creating My New Normal, I’m reading a book on Retirement Planning and may even go on a course. I’m looking to try some new things this year and if X doesn’t work, I’ll try Y.
My New Normal for the start of 2017 may be very different by the end. Watch this space.