Generally I like being retired. No strict timetable, no having to be somewhere, to do something (not always to my interest!), no ‘me time’ even at the end of the day! I do miss the ‘ebb and flow’ of life though, the feeling of being in the middle of things! I have fairly busy life; I look after my grandchildren often and my daughter’s dog! I shop, go to groups, am learning Russian (a longheld desire although a bit iffy, I know, given the present situation). I guess my main goal is to keep busy and relevant! My retirement is turning out very differently than I planned; my husband and I parted some years ago and I didn’t foresee a future alone. At 65, I just can’t be bothered now to look for another relationship, so it is a case of pleasing myself which most of the time is fine-I’m lucky my family is near! But I do admit to feeling lonely sometimes and envy a little those who have their partner to make future plans with and enjoy good times.