Imagine waking up in the morning and you you haven’t planned anything for the day. Consider that you are living alone and friends that you used to have, have either died or moved to another city. Think about looking at the clock to check the time and then looking back hours later, to find that it has only moved about 30 minutes. This is what retirement is like for many people, and especially for those who have worked in the EMT services for most of their lives. They have led lives of excitement and bravery right up until they reached the age of retirement. After that, life just seemed to go downhill and there was nothing in their lives that could put a smile back on their face.

For many, the EMT retirement plan just didn’t work out how they thought, and now they are living at home with so much time on their hands, and absolutely nothing to do with it. Life just doesn’t seem to be fun anymore, and you miss your work colleagues and the camaraderie that came with that. Everyone thinks that retirement is the be all and end all, and that everyone is looking forward to it, but this is very far from the truth. There are downsides to retirement and if you’re not sure what they are, here are a couple of them.

  • Loss of income – You were always able to get lots of overtime whenever you asked for it, and you could choose to work days or nights. This extra income allowed you to live a fun and interesting life, but now that you have received your retirement funds, the figures don’t seem to match up. Your income has gone down and life has now become just a little bit more difficult. Having to retire was bad enough, but now you have to do it with less money in your pocket. This can be a very difficult situation to deal with. 
  • Empty days – As a first responder, there was always something to do and your whole day was mapped out for you. You actually looked forward to finishing your shift so that you can get home to see the family, and put your feet up for a while. Now you can put your feet up all day every day, and while the first few weeks are enjoyable, it just gets a little bit too predictable after that. You have far too much time on your hands, and absolutely nothing to do. This can lead to issues with stress and anxiety and that can have a detrimental effect on your health. 

Retirement should be a time that we all look forward to, but the reality is that it doesn’t always work out as we thought it would. You’ve worked hard all your life to get where you are now, but you’re wishing that you could go back to work.

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