Retirement can be difficult for men and women for a number of reasons. Many believe that their self-worth is directly related to their career. Then upon retirement such hobbies as golf, traveling, painting, etc. — while helping to fulfill many of their life long desires — never fully fill the void that “there must be more”. Sometimes this leads to physical, emotional and even spiritual difficulties. Depression, loneliness, and painful sicknesses can be the result. Medicines can often be helpful but they only treat the symptoms, not the root causes.
I have a suggestion that might be helpful. Each of us has wonderful gifts that can be used to help others. Once you begin to use those gifts there is such a feeling of joy and contentment that often medications are no longer needed, resulting in a general improvement in your attitude toward yourself and others. When I retired my wife and I became missionaries to those less fortunate. All my aches and even my chronic back problem improved dramatically. When you reach out and begin to think of others your entire life will never be the same — even if it’s simply a “good day” or a “hello” to a neighbor, friend or stranger. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.