"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."The other education requires that we live in our own skin without the validation that comes from a job and we need to find that validation on our own. We cannot assume that our children will fill that void left by a life without a job. We have to find a way to become complete without job titles. Each person does that in their own way. The task is different for men and women in many cases. Each knew their roles before retirement. Then the adjustment of living in a space that may have been reserved for the other can be very hard. In my case we suffered the angst of sharing the kitchen...in fact the responsibilities for the entire "house". Before we retired, we each had our roles and did not have the time or energy to watch how the other person did their job. We are two very strong personalities so we had opinions when we began to watch each other...those opinions were not always welcome by the person that had been doing that job for many years.
So, if you are just starting with the "other education" let me reassure you that it is not unlike the first, the one you worked for so you could make a living. It takes time and lots of practice. But in the end you can live a very long time just being who you are! AND if you choose, you will be very happy!
Have a wonderful day.