Before retiring two years ago, 59-year-old Brian McFeely admits to having plenty of trepidation. In particular, the former 30-year government employee worried about “feeling socially isolated and bored” outside of the workplace. But thankfully, those fears were unfounded. As McFeely puts it, “No regrets. I never looked back.”
These days he continues to do the management consulting work he enjoys, now through his own business and at a far more relaxed pace—about 15 to 20 hours per week. “I’m fortunate to have a fairly extensive network of people to draw from,” McFeely says.
Equally enjoyable has been having more time to visit his three adult children and his elderly father. In retirement, says McFeely, “you have more time to be there when your family needs you.” Something else he’s looking forward to is his wife Mary Jane’s retirement; she plans on hanging up her dental assistant scrubs for good this summer. The couple struck Hawaii off of their bucket list this year and can’t wait to ramp up their sightseeing adventures together. In the meantime, McFeely will continue hitting the links and going to the gym on a daily basis—something he only started doing in retirement. “I now see being committed to my health as part of ‘my job,’” he says. “I couldn’t always exercise when I was working full time.”