I've just watched an interesting programme tonight about work today and at the end it raised the question - does work define who you are?
As I'm leaving work early due to ill health I am surprised how some people I know have now decided to 'shun' me. In other words they don't want to be associated with me as I'm no longer going to be in their gang/club call it what you will.
The big question now is how do people define and see me now I'm not working?
I know last time I was out of work it led to the break-up of my marriage after a year out of work - that was 14 years ago. I'm glad I'm not in a relationship now as I remember it caused all sorts of problems - financially, should we keep it a secret.
Last time I was out of work I had a mortgage and interest rates were at an all time high of 15% unlike todays 5%. Luckily I eventually found work but it was an uphill struggle with no support.
Still I guess my main barrier now will be the stigma of not being in work and retiring early - not very sexy.
How do you 'define yourself' if you're not in work? Does it affect your moral, ego and perhaps your sexual appetite!