You are not the only one I’m sure thinking like this. I am 52 and have worked in same organisation since I left school aged 16.
Having undergone Radical Prostatectomy on 7th Jan and having a few side effects I have reflected on what I want for my future. I can voluntarily retire at 55 with a good pension but I’m seriously considering if I want to return to my old job or look at something different and work part time.
I lost both parents at 62, Dad through a heart attack and mum 12 months later with oesophagus cancer. She worked all her life but had to give up work due to her cancer spreading rapidly.
I don’t want to be in the same position so fully understand why you are at that crossroads. My friends say there is more to life outside of current job and I’m beginning to believe them.
I overthink the money situation sometimes as I enjoy the good things in life, nice holidays, clothes, car etc. I also have a mortgage that ends in 2.5 years but then I keep going back to how fortunate I am to hopefully now be cancer free and alive. Nothing else really matters now except for recovering and enjoying life to the max. I think the ‘live for the moment’ is quite apt now to me and hope you sit down and write the pros and cons to help you make the right decision for you and your family. I found that quite cleansing and focussed my mind away from the minor side effects I am currently experiencing.
Good luck, if you are like me, the future can be scary but not as scary as when you were initially diagnosed. Regards, Neil