I stopped working
to earn an income since the beginning of 2020. How does it feel now, after 6 months away from the workplace and in retirement?
Frankly, it feels great.
The first few months were rough as I wrestled with doubt that taking a break was the right thing to do. I worried if I’ll ever be employed again, and if I was condemning myself to a lower salary and dimmer career prospects. I never had a gap in employment before, and I didn’t know what to do with myself.
I was also trying out a new treatment, which had serious side effects. I had headaches and my insomnia worsened. I had doubts it would work, and thought about quitting it early.
Finally, I had the great misfortune to stop working just a couple of months before the greatest stock market crash in decades. I watched in horror
as my portfolio dropped over 30%, leaving me scrambling to add funds so to avoid a margin call....