I had a nice visit to both of my former MegaCorp’s last week. I had lunch with a friend on Wednesday and attended a retirement send-off for another friend on Friday afternoon. On that second visit, an also retired buddy and I had the chance to wander around the hallways and see the old ‘haunts’.
When we were there, I was talking with one former – but still working – colleague about the best parts of not working. They are too numerous to mention, so I typically just say “it’s the best job you’ll never have.”
He said that when he retires he is most looking forward to being liberated from the that sinking, Sunday night work anxiety known as the ‘Sunday Blues’. No matter how enjoyable your career is (mine was quite enjoyable), there is still that element of ‘performance anxiety’ that creeps into any activity you take seriously.
The ‘Sunday Blues’ started lifting for me when I was a couple months from giving my formal resignation. It was close to Halloween time and I knew I needed to work hard up to Christmas until I could rest easy and announce I was leaving at some point after the New Year. As it turned out, we had sudden financial challenges at MegaCorp, we reorganized our department, and I had a bunch of extra work put on my desk.
Despite the madness, I the ‘Sunday Blues’ gradually fading during that period (I wrote about it in this POST) and when I finally left MegaCorp they were completely dissolved. That was more than two and a half years ago now, and I can’t even recall what that first Sunday night felt like. I do remember my Mom & Dad called me that first Monday morning at about 10am and jokingly asked me why I was already up and out of bed! 🙂
It’s Sunday night as I write this and I’ll tell you what I think about on Sunday nights now: 1) my Fantasy Football team (which is losing again) as I watch Sunday Night Football; 2) going grocery shopping tomorrow – because we often wait until after the weekend when the stores aren’t so busy; 3) planning where we might go on a sunny vacation in January when our son is home from college; and 4) ordering some LEGO Train parts for the village I’m going to build under the Christmas Tree this year.
What’s most remarkable about that list is that it could be the list for almost any night of the week. Although I still have board work and investing that I am involved in, those commitments are nothing that keeps me up at night in anyway. No ‘Sunday Blues’ and no stress. That’s the joy of early retirement!
How much do you dwell on the ‘Sunday Blues’?
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