Thanks TES this is the forum I need!! Although my current career aspiration is to retire and despite hating what the job has become and how it is implemented in my school I find the thought of not teaching after a full time 30+ year career daunting. I have 2-3 years to go before I retire and whilst I have done the easy bit of organising the financial side, the emotional and 'what am I going to do without 60+hour weeks' side is all very vague. I have images of me sitting on the sofa as a real couch potato drifting thorugh the days (a bit like school holidays really but on a permanent basis.) Any advice from retirees? Did you 'prepare' yourself in any way? How? What would you do differently?