My wife was afraid that I wasnt ready for retirement. I proved her wrong. I caught on very quickly and Im very good at it. TV will do that to You. Also work friends are just that. friends at work. Once work is gone , with few exceptions, so are they. I dont miss them.
I got to retire in 1998 when I was 52. I was an IT director and for two years they kept asking me if I was ready to come back. Never took them up on their offer. Just remember the job was you and you were not the job. You did the things you had to do then so now you can do the things you want to do.