When most people dream about retirement, they look forward to the end of their working career.
But…retirement isn’t just about the end of your working life. It’s the beginning of the rest of your life!
Retirement can be the beginning of…
- New hobbies. Or at least jump-starting the ones that you already have. Dust off the coin collection. Find the fishing rod buried in the garage. Ask friends and family what hobbies they have and if one piques your interest, ask to do it with them.
- More opportunities to be social. During your working life, there are not as many opportunities to be social as there are when you are retired. Plan ahead and take initiative to invite friends out to lunch or neighbors over to play cards. Don’t wait to be invited. Be the one who invited others.
- Giving back with volunteering. Is there a cause that is close to your heart? Find out what you can do to help.
- Give back through financial giving. Those same organizations who need your time have financial needs as well. Make a plan for regular giving or give a one-time gift for a special project. Do some personal anonymous giving to those you know are in need.
- A second career or at least a part-time job. Some people wait until their retirement years to start a business that they have always dreamed of. Others have had their fill of working behind a desk and seek out a job where they can work directly with people in sales or retail. The extra income never hurts either.
- Traveling to a new place. What place is on your bucket list that you’ve never had a chance to see? Alaska? Europe? The National Parks?
- Moving to a new space. Investigate 55 plus apartments or retirement home cottages in the area. Pickering Manor is highly sought after for their apartments and cottages! If you are looking in Bucks County, call to schedule a tour.
- Prioritizing exercise and an active lifestyle. Now you really do have time to workout every day. If sports are too intense for you, trying gardening or simply taking walks in your neighborhood.
- Preserving your memories in writing. You have lived a long time and have a lot of experiences to share. Write online in a blog or simply write down your thoughts for your own family to hold onto. Remember to include memories of your parents and grandparents as well. What a treasure that would be for the next generation!
Of course, you do not have to wait for retirement to begin any of these things or to at least start thinking about these things. Start making a list about your own retirement about one year before your retirement date. Reflect on your life so far and what you will do with the beginning of the rest of your life. This will help you avoid the shock and anxiety that some retirees experience when all of a sudden there is nothing to do. Especially if you are hoping to move to a retirement community, plan early! You don’t want the other baby boomers to beat you to the best retirement living at Pickering Manor!