There were an infinite number of years where I was obsessed with the work world, often putting in 10-15 hour days, sometimes six or seven days a week.
I think one of the most feared components of retiring is what will you do when there is nothing to do. I have overcome that part, as there is only about a couple of hours in each day that is not filled with opportunities for one great project or another...work-out at the gym, ferry my teen daughter to and fro, playing bass...all cool stuff and if I CHOOSE, I can always add another small project in the mix.
The second challenge is learning how to relax and do NOTHING AT ALL (and not feel guilty). A type A, driven business guy for many, many years...I am embracing the joy of doing nothing except cater to my own whims (should I rent a movie and open a cold beer on a Wednesday at 1 pm...should I take myself to lunch and go to the movies where the sound is really loud and the screen extra large on a Monday at 11 am enjoying the matinee AND the senior discount, should I go to the museum on a Tuesday at 10 am when no one else is there, should I turn on all the fountains in the backyard-pour a glass of wine and sit in the shade of the blooming crepe myrtle and watch the hummingbirds, should I plug in-crank up the amp and play rock-n-roll as loud as the windows can stand) oh my...how do I decide?
However, one must be careful with this 'act of doing nothing' as, with all things addictive, moderation is advised. It could become a habit. My advantage in this endeavor is that I am not plagued with the guilt of unaccomplished dreams and the compulsion to get up and 'go somewhere and do something with my life.' I did.
My trainer at the gym advises that after a strenuous cycle of exercises, always rest, as that is the period when the muscles grow stronger, not while you are pushing it. I did the fifty years of strenuous exercises, now I am resting and I feel myself growing stronger every day.