Welcome to my blog!
I’m Kathy, retired since late 2012. Originally, since I found very little information on the emotional and psychological transition from career to retirement, I started kathysretirementblog.com to help me sort out what retirement looks like for those of us seeking a retirement where we are mentally challenged, physically active and emotionally satisfied.
It’s been an incredible journey so far fraught with unexpected twists and turns. Retirement, like every other part of life, can be planned to a point. Then, life intervenes, upsetting those well laid plans. I retired with my husband, Martin, who died in 2022 from a very rare form of dementia. It struck him in his prime. He, who bicycled up to 100 miles a week, watched his diet and did all the right things to take care of his body. We were devastated. We moved back to Michigan in 2019 to be near family after living in South Carolina for 21 years.
Our retirement dreams were totally derailed. As you read through my posts, you will see how my perspective was altered by various experiences. Spirituality has grown in importance as Martin’s death transformed my views on aging and death. Now, after years of grieving and a most profound final loss, I am reclaiming not only my retirement, but my entire life, my personhood, my dreams, my perspective. And, what comes next.
The one thing in life we can be sure of is change. As for life, whether it’s in retirement or not, well, life begins right after leaving your comfort zone!
Welcome to my blog. Visit often. I encourage comments, questions and your insights. We’re all on this journey together.
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