There wasn’t the great benefit safety net when I left home, was a single parent, or a mature student. In a wierd kind of way that brought the best out in me. I was more creative, appreciated things more, made more of an effort, and didn’t take things for granted.
I retired 7 years ago and have been living on a very small private pension since. This has brought out my skills, ingenuity and helped me find joy in simple things. For the last few months I have been doing some freelance writing which has improved my income by 50%. However, lots of days I find myself feeling rushed, and the need to produce some articles each week hangs over me, causing stress. This doesn’t make sense as I write every day for my blog or private group. Maybe it is because I don’t feel that my time is free and ‘mine’ any more. I don’t want to fall into that pit of trading time for money again, and need to find some way to balance this as the money has really helped with rising prices. I am therefore working through my thoughts and reminding myself of lessons already learned.
When we are in work we fear losing our jobs. Giving up my secure, well paid job and retiring early, was the biggest leap of fear that I have ever taken, and on many occasions I faltered and nearly talked myself out of doing it. I was on my own with no financial safety net. I do understand that if giving up your job is not a choice it can feel devastating and the worst thing in the world. Many people fear losing their jobs soon when recession hits. However, it might not be the disaster that you imagine. Life goes on. You just adapt. New opportunities and experiences, that you would not have considered previously, present themselves.