9 Tell tale signs of ‘workopause’

retirement_roadThere comes a time in your life when you have paid off the mortgage, the kids are grown and you realize your career quads are too weak to climb the corporate ladder.   You start to daydream about what life would be like if you did the unthinkable.


Unless you’ve been unjustly kicked to the curb by your employer, retiring is a process not an event, similar to menopause.   I like to call it “workopause.”

How do you know when you are in this life stage?

  1. When someone asks when you plan to retire, you stop looking over your shoulder to see who they are talking to.
  2. You have mood swings that start on Sunday night and resolve on Friday afternoon at about 5:00.
  3. You fantasize about your perfect retired self – the one who has time for workouts, journaling, and carb balancing.
  4. You think about jeans and wonder what it would be like to wear them on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Maybe you will dress in business casual on Friday just to turn the world upside down.
  5. You fancy writing more blog posts since you are a morning person, and most of your crazy ideas come to you in the hour you are racing around getting ready for work.
  6. You visualize yourself mesmerizing guests at a cocktail party, describing the antics of Ellen’s latest guest star.
  7. You have a week off and you are strangely drawn to shop on Tuesday.  Spooky!  You didn’t even know it was senior discount day.
  8. You start splitting restaurant meals with your spouse just for practice.
  9. Not only do you start reading the AARP magazine, you find the articles fascinating.

Do you recognize these or any other “workopause” signs in your life or the life of a loved one?

15 thoughts on “9 Tell tale signs of ‘workopause’

  1. Molly, I went searching for this, I had read the title a few weeks ago and vowed to read it later. Glad I found it!, how on the mark you are!

  2. Once again, so completely entertaining. I am not close to retirement but I certainly fantasize about the some of the same things.

  3. Hahahaha!!!

    You’re a hoot, you little turkey! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    What happens if you experience some of the traits as above at the age of, oh say, 28 as of May 4th?
    Perhaps some pre-wedding excitement? Dreaming about the two whole weeks off for it? Or laziness?
    Maybe this person just needs her RN because she is frustrated with the desire to learn more?

    • I have to admit I have been where you are as far as experiencing workopause symptoms at a young age. In fact, it feels like I’ve been experiencing some form of these symptoms my whole working career. You do have a lot to look forward to though with all your exciting plans for the future!

      • Good to know that I am not alone with these thoughts! Thanks for the uplifting response – the future surely does look bright! ::knock on wood:: (I’m not superstitious)

  4. enjoy your blog Molly…always puts a smile on my face. “workopause”…I dream of this someday, but sadly many years away and currently job hunting again! My favorite workopause would be staying in my Jammie’s all day if I wanted and making quilts!

    • Sorry to hear you are job hunting. Love your idea of workopause, except for the making quilts part because for me that would be work. But I can totally get behind the jammies idea. Thanks for reading the blog!

  5. One of mine is sitting in my living room with the morning news on reading my sisters blog in my long underwear wondering what one or two productive things I can do today while considering getting through the entire day without taking a nap.

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