Hello Newbie Retirees! Hope you're all enjoying your new-found freedom On the flip side of enjoying lunch/coffee with friends, everyone's suddenly trying to rope me in to help with their organisations/ pet projects and I'm trying so hard to be diplomatic! I can sense when these conversations are veering towards the subject,and sometimes I feel like a bit of a sitting duck there,with my cappuchino and my chocolate brownie which my friend insists on paying for because she would just LOVE for me to come and help with her lunch group/Coffee Afternoon or whatever! I have a lifetime of service in volunteering ,through Church Youth Groups, Sunday School,Church Council, Committees,etc etc,and dropped many of those when teaching started to get silly some years ago.Now I really want some 'Me' time while I get into some sort of a routine.I'm also ' Rota'd Out' - recovering from being expected to do certain things in certain places at certain times at school .I don't want any any more of that kind of commitment for the time being,thank you! Am I being selfish? Has anyone else on here found that suddenly lots of people want/ expect a slice of your time?I feel guilty just writing this as I've always done so much in the past!