Everyone dreams of retirement and this helps to set the image of what your retirement will be like or could be. This image is usually positive and worth looking forward to. You can’t wait for retirement to start so you can live your dreams.
Your retirement dream may include moving to a 55+ community and playing golf every day, traveling, cruising around the world, enjoying friends and family, or getting a part time job.
When retirement finally arrives will it be like your dreams and will that keep you engaged and satisfied in living the retirement life you expected.
Some people after a taking the cruise and doing some golfing are then ready to go back to work. Is this all there is. I always feel sorry for these people, not because they like work, but because they do not see the possibilities of retirement beyond those pre-retirement dreams. They do not find their way past their fixed image of what their retirement should be and find new activities to fulfill what their job provided.
Most of the time these people do not know how to spend their time in retirement to give them meaning and fulfillment and even some structure. Here are some new activities that will expand your horizons beyond any previous expectations. These may surprise you but I encourage you to look into each. Some resources are listed at the end of this post.
1. Learning – gives you something to look forward, is fun and satisfying. So many opportunities to learn are all around us to continue our personal growth.
2. Serving – helps you stay engaged and has multiple rewards. Volunteering and mentoring are but two of the favorites but many more ways of serving are available in organized and individual ways.
These will help in redefining your retirement, but if you still want to go back to work, start an encore career where you can apply your skills to something you are passionate about and maybe combines both learning and serving.