A retirement is a rite of passage that requires careful planning, because it forces a retiree to make a shift in the paradigm in life.
For 37 years, I was a healing professional, a breadwinner, and a working spouse. I am now a jobless loner, an inactive pensioner, and a homebound spouse. In this retrospective autobiography, I suggest a few points to help my younger colleagues to better their upcoming retirement: professional, financial, social, and familial. To overcome Erikson's identity crisis, I volunteered to be a wounded healer at Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
My volunteer medical service at Warm Springs Indian Reservation was a good antidote to creatively overcome my postretirement blues.