Many of my friends (men) ask themselves how would they craft a new role in retirement? How would they describe themselves when meeting new people? If in their work role, they had a job with a title and influence, they thought of themselves or were regarded by others as important people. It is difficult to become a Previously Important Person (PIP.) when you retire.
As I said in an earlier post Jobs are important to us, so when we retire we lose importance and feel we may become invisible in the eyes of the world.
PIP status isn't linked to grade and salary achieved. A person didn't have to be a big cheese, chairman or professional in their career. Whatever their level, what they were was someone who was important in the eyes of the world by virtue of their place as a contributing, valued individual.