The author of this article shares her experience with all the freedom retirement provides. She writes…In theory, retirement — with no work and all that free time — sounds like a dream. No deadlines? Living near the beach in a $420-per-month rental apartment? Count me in.

But it wasn’t an entirely smooth journey at first.

After I stopped working, my circle of friends and the community I’d established over the years seemed to shrink. I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted anymore. I’d thought I wanted a “new life.” But without those foundations, I floundered.

I reached out to my best friend, who is a little older than me, and told her that I felt lost.

Learn more about her personal journey.

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