Working After Retirement
After a lifetime of being tied to a job or profession, retirement is, by definition, the time to quit living by the "company clock" and/or "taking down the shingle".
But, as it turns out, for various reasons, it does not always work out that way. Some, because they cannot afford to survive, let alone live, on Social Security alone and have no other form of revenue, are forced by circumstances to look for part time employment. Some professionals end up being per diem consultants for their "ex-employer" to supplement their retirement income and, in some cases, because they have a special talent that makes them "on demand", if not indispensable.
I retired from my company about a year ago. Between my Soc. Sec. and my pension, I make enough to live on(mind you, I am not "rolling" in cash). I have a simple lifestyle, have no desire to travel and "see the World". But, there is never a dull moment in my daily life as I have several hobbies and things that keep me occupied.
However, about a month ago, I received a call from my now, ex-employer, asking how I would feel about working part-time making a special production tool as the person who filled my old spot got promoted and no longer had the time for this. I gave it some thought. It is a good feeling to have one's skills valued enough to be called back and the money would come in handy(There is no such thing as extra money). This particular job is something that I enjoyed. So, why not treat it as a hobby that you actually get paid for.
One other thing that motivated me is that I read somewhere that keeping a certain amount of self-imposed discipline in one's life as well as exercising mental and physical skills on a regular basis help stave off aging and the laxity that can lead to things such as dementia and Alzheimer.
So, all things considered, to me, this is a win-win situation.