One minute, you're the Republican presidential nominee, the next minute, you're "nobody."
It's a jarring adjustment that Mitt Romney likened to stepping off a roller coaster in his first post-election interview, set to air this weekend on "Fox News Sunday."
"We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs. But the ride ends, and then you get off," Romney said. "And it's not like, 'Oh, can't we be on the roller coaster for the rest of our life?' It's like, 'No, the ride's over.'"
His wife Ann Romney also described the "adjustment" they had to make in stepping off the campaign trail, comparing it to serving in their church.
"In our church, we're used to serving, and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you're serving. And now all of a sudden, you're released, and you're nobody," she said. "And we're used to that. It's like we came and stepped forward to serve. And you know, the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and passion and a lot of - a lot of people around us, and all of a sudden, it was nothing."
"But the good news is, fortunately we like each other," she said, grinning.