Ok, I’ll just come out with it.
I’m puzzled. I really am. When retirement goes bad, well….
I have watched friends who for decades were warm, compassionate and reasonable people before retirement turn into complete curmudgeons in retirement. They become intractable, intolerant, unaccepting, unyielding, unsympathetic, small-minded… I could go on.
They see black, they see white. They see no gray. None. Life’s nuances no longer apply.
They become people I no longer recognize.
When retirement goes bad, it goes really, really bad. It makes me sad, but mostly it confuses me.
What has happened?
I’m truly flummoxed and I’m asking if you can shed some light on this?