After 42 years in education I retired in January of this year. I spent my last 20 years out of the classroom in a technology training position. It wasn't a difficult job, but I just wasn't enjoying it any more. Constant staff changes didn't help.
I did make the mistake of taking a independent contract job right after I retired. I don't really feel retired because I have deadlines pertaining to this contract hanging over my head.
Once I finish this contract, I hope to really retire.
I will be taking my first solo cruise in a few months. I love cruising but my immediate family is elderly and not able to travel and the ones that can travel are not financially in the position to do so. I go to Las Vegas by myself all the time, but a cruise has a different dynamic. It should be interesting.