One of the toughest things to do after experiencing a life changing event is to get back in touch with your true identity. Speaking from experience, this is easier said than done. Why? Because for most of us, our identity becomes wrapped up in our careers, family, and social circle. With so many opportunities to be on stage, it becomes uncomfortable to break down the rock star façade and feel worthy just for being ourselves.
A short time into retirement, I am feeling this pain and am trying to fix it by altering my work-centric mindset. Self-worth is not tied to a job, popularity, or to being the greatest wife or parent on the planet. If you struggle with this like I do, here are some reminders that your self-esteem is not what you have done but who you are.