What Happens When Workaholics Retire?
Executive Summary: It's bad.
The Long Version, written specifically for us with the help of recording devices planted in our house disguised as common household ants and spiders, says the retired workaholic:
- Depends on excessive consumption of alcohol or prescription medication. (Neh.)
- Has no close friends. (Well, yeah.)
- Watches television constantly and yells at pundits on the screen. (And is named ... Gary! And has a gallbladder scar, we know, we've seen him naked.)
- Interactions with family members are by force, not choice. (This one doesn't sound like Gary at all.)
- Can be verbally abusive.
- Impatient with others.
- Suffers from depression and anxiety. (Hope not. Too soon to tell.)
- Nothing pleases him and there is no joy or happiness in his life. (Right now the TV show Alias brings him great Joy.)
Some articles suggest transitioning with a two-three month period of nothing, followed by a hobby. (I said one month, but okay, three months works too.)
- Writing his memoirs
- Designing building plans for a future home (BIG HOUSE DREAM come to life!)
- Discovering new genres of porn
- Running, swimming, body building (I can see this)
- Taking classes in painting
- Teaching himself to repair electronics
- Painting the house
- Building and maintaining a vegetable garden (I can see this too)
- Restoring an old or classic vehicle (nope)
The article suggests you determine what type of workaholic you are dealing with and steer him (very gender biased) toward the right set of hobbies, but I can't tell what type Gary is. He seems to be the savoring type that doesn't like projects to end.
All I know is the article wraps up the workaholic section with "please consider professional counseling because retirement can easily expand into decades of misery for all involved."
Précis: DECADES of MISERY.