At the end of January, I went back to work at the place I retired from as a contractor. Last Friday was the last day of the contract.
For most of my career, I worked as an operations instructor in nuclear power, both in the Navy (40 months) and at a commercial plant (24 years). As in many jobs, there was more to it than just the teaching. And, unfortunately, as the company went from a moderate sized utility to a corporation operating the 2nd largest nuclear fleet, there was a lot of additional administrative requirements.
By the time I retired, enjoyment of my job was long gone, except for the small percentage of the time that I actually spent in the classroom. That, combined with a number of administrative burdens and other issues, contributed to my decision to retire when I reached 55.
My plan was to take at least a year off before even considering looking for work. By the end of the first six months, I had no intentions of actively seeking work.
Work came seeking me a year after my last real day of work.