A while back, I came across an article entitled “These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about” (sic).
Although I haven’t (to my knowledge) retired, I have some firsthand experience, having successfully avoided working for 11 of the past 18 years. And I don’t think the article contains any significant revelations.
Let’s look at the author’s five main points about early retirement, before I tell you the meaningful lessons I’ve learned from taking time off.
You will suffer an identity crisis for an unknown period.
I think this only applies if you largely derive your identity from your employer. In a time when corporations offer zero loyalty to employees, identifying with an ephemeral job is a dangerous, outdated delusion.
Since I’ve always had a strong sense »more