I officially retired in 2012, but had a difficult time quitting work. For 3-4 years, I did independent contractor work, until an injury made walking very difficult.
Shortly afterwards, my husband was transferred to a different state. My injury was pretty much healed, but I spent the next year moping around the house, finding no enthusiasm to even finish unpacking and fully settling into our new home.
It wasn't until we were introduced to our church that I finally learned how to retire!
My husband and I hadn't ever bothered with becoming members of, or attending church services, except on special occasions when invited by family or friends. We just weren't terribly interested in it.
However, the church we found was very welcoming, and I found myself offering to help with various tasks, like providing snacks and serving them at the coffee social hour after services each Sunday.
From that, I became involved with various other church activities, just because I had so much time on my hands!
One of the church members manages the community food and clothing bank, which is independent of the church. I was asked if I wanted to volunteer there and, with less enthusiasm, I agreed to do 2 hours, one day per week. I just wasn't interested in committing to a regular schedule of work anymore.
Well, people, I am so busy now, that I don't have time to mope around the house and miss a "real job"!!
I am now working a full schedule at the food and clothing bank, and working at the church the rest of my time during the week days. In addition, I have been driving people who can no longer drive, when they have a doctor appointment or need to do grocery shopping, etc.
My husband and I are now members of both our church choir and the civic choir, and each group meets once a week for practice. The civic choir then performs public concerts at various days, times and locations throughout the season.
Want to know "Now what"? THAT'S what!