What qualifies as lonely? The answer is subjective. Not every retiree will experience extreme levels of loneliness. So much depends on one’s personality and how they have learned to meet new people and maintain relationships.
We develop resilience when we deal with the difficulties that life throws our way. Each and every challenge is an opportunity to grow and gain deeper understanding of ourselves and of the universal experience of life. We can embrace the opportunity and become wiser and more compassionate, or we can reject it and allow ourselves to become accidental tourists, just allowing life to happen to us with little opportunity for growth.
Each of us has a way that we do things, it is a way that we have developed over the course of our lives that helps us to get our needs met and creates a sense that things are going the way we intend them to. This way of doing doesn’t suddenly change when we decide to retire.
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