Here I sit waiting for the phone to ring. After being retired for 16 years. When I retired, I thought all my wife and I had to do was enjoy the good life. I retired with what I thought was a large enough IRA. Then, the stock market dropped, and my IRA along with it, dropped, and never recovered. The stock market has finally recovered, but my IRA didn't,
The same month my wife passed away, August 2012, my "substantial" I thought IRA ran out and then my wife's Social Security stopped. So, three whammies all at the same time. From having enough monthly income for both of us to live on comfortably, I found myself with not enough monthly income for even me to live on. What savings I had slowly disappeared.
I started an online business in October 2011, for two reasons, 1) I wanted to have a store where I could help people with their hearing needs, and 2) I was hoping that it would generate just enough income to offset what I knew I would lose when the IRA eventually ran out. Well, the IRA ran out, but the store hasn't produced enough money to keep feeding our dog and cats, let alone me. I basically put everything I had, not money, but effort, into the store.
Last week, I finally bit the dust and decided I had to actively start looking for work. I turned in an application at our local Walmart store and a few more stores in town. I figured that at my age of 73 maybe at least I could be a greeter at the Walmart store. It would be way down from the Project Manager jobs I'd held when I retired, but I was and am willing to take almost any job that will help. I had a deep-down feeling that I was going to have a tough time getting a job, because a lot of people said that there just isn't a lot of jobs available, especially here in our small town.
Last night, my youngest son invited me over to his place for dinner. When I got home about ten o'clock, there was a message on the answering machine saying for me to call Karen at Walmart today for an interview. I got so excited, that I could hardly sleep last night. This morning, I called the number and talked to a guy in Personnel. He said they have nearly seventy openings, the store is in the process of expanding, and he'd have to check and see which position they wanted to interview me for and said he'd call me back. I was as excited as a retired kangaroo in Australia getting a new front pouch! That was over five hours ago and I'm still sitting here waiting. Maybe the call really wasn't real and maybe my wife will call me and tell me lunch is ready. If either one or both happens, I'll let you know.
I hope you have a wonderfully peaceful day! Warm hugs to all! Stan