My Story . . .
Note: Friends and others interested in my effort to understand retirement strongly suggested I include my own experience. The following is a self-interview of my personal past and continuing effort for eight years to cope with the pleasures and problems of retirement. Fundamentally, I have answered many of the questions and responded to the issues raised with all retirees.
Male, 68, married, one child Education: college graduate Job Status: automobile dealer Retirement Income: $60,000 Health: reported good Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 8 years
My feelings about my last job were quite the same as all previous jobs-- do your best, be conscientious. I suppose my generation never thought too much about the quality of their work life. You went to work fundamentally for the money to support yourself, and if you were successful and also liked your work you were doubly blessed. The money was a means to an end, but I really didn't have much of an idea what the end was going to be.
For many years I was interested in the work. When I joined the dealership I had no experience with selling or servicing automobiles. This was a period of learning and gradually assuming greater respon-