Many people have a picture in their mind about retirement and a lot of it involves travelling around the world and being able to play golf every second day. It is a time when you get to spend quality time with your fellow retirees and you can all sit and enjoy a cold beer on a warm summer evening. Everyone is smiling and life is good. The reality is much different than this, and especially for people who have chosen to be a first responder for the vast majority of their working lives. They deal with harrowing situations day in and day out and they rely on their work colleagues to get them through it all. Suddenly, they have reached retirement age and they are expected to leave their place of work, even though they’re not ready.
For many, first responder retirement is not something that they look forward to, and many find it quite difficult to deal with. They feel that they have many more years to offer, and while they may not feel strong physically, their mental agility is as good as it has always been. Nonetheless, there is a government mandated retirement age, and they need to take it whether they want to or not. If you think retirement has only upsides, then maybe the following downsides will give you a more realistic idea of what retirement is really like.