From The Early Retirement Dude … “You’ll hear people say, “I can’t imagine what I’d do if I retired.” That’s a throwaway line, shallow, but at heart it speaks to the fear of destroying the career-centered self-identity they inhabit. The right thing to ask yourself isn’t what would I do…it’s who would I be?
And that’s why retirement can be so scary. The self shies away from contemplating its own destruction, yes? Because to destroy the sense of self is effectively to die…and that’s where the fear really lives.”