Retirement Living

By Shirley Price
By Shirley Price

Are you ready to enjoy your life after retirement?

Lots of people love their jobs and are hesitant to leave them when they retire. Whereas, if we are in a job that we don’t like or in a stressful situation we are more than ready to leave.

Enjoy and have fun in your retirement
Enjoy and have fun in your retirement.

In reality when it’s time to retire most of us are ready to say goodbye to our regular routine and hope to do all the things that we’ve always wanted to do. Most of us can come up with a wish list without too much of a problem.  When we are younger it seems that if we’ve have the time to do what we wanted we didn’t have the spare money to afford it. For those that have the money often they don’t have the time.  So here we are with retirement upon us, can we finally make these two elements come together, and have the money and time to do what we want?  Hopefully, the answer will be yes, at least for some of the time.

For some people, their experience of life after retirement is disappointing and they feel very dissatisfied with their lot.  Our expectations play a big part in this. Retirement really should be the stage in life when you are totally allowed to have a lot of fun and enjoyment. This is the best time to do things for you and give to yourself!  Reward yourself after all the hard work you have done during all those years. This is the time to appreciate and value yourself and put yourself on the top of your list.

This doesn’t mean that you should stop caring about other people around you but at least just for once, you need to break free from the usual daily routine because retirement is the time for some rest, fun and leisure. You deserve the best retirement living possible and in order to succeed with this, you need to take care of yourself first.

There are those that choose to retire and do nothing. There are really no positive benefits to this way of thinking.  Why not do something more fun and interesting? It’s a fact of life that people with this mentality will get physically and mentally down way faster than those that are active. Retirement is something you do, not someone that you become. It’s not a disease that you get; it’s a time of life when you can make different choices. It also does not mean that because you are retired or a senior that you cannot still work if you choose to.  Look for some lively fun or work related activities that can make you feel alive, useful and happy.

There are a lot of things you can do, so don’t just sit there and miss out on all the good years you have left to enjoy. Go out and communicate with other people, do activities that you enjoy, catch up with your friends, spend time with your family, have a vacation, etc. If you are looking for something different to do why not learn a new skill, learn to paint, play an instrument like the guitar or piano, photography is another great interest or start a group with other seniors for outings, discussions and other activities. One of the hardest things for people is not having other people to do things with, so why not start a group?  It may help you get involved and you can be sure that it will help others too.

Keep an active mind and a healthy body; do some form of exercises if not at the gym, golf, tennis, hiking are a great alternative and ways that can bring you together with friends. In learning new things and getting involved you will gain a greater enthusiasm for life. Have fun when you retire.  Don’t get bored by staying in one place doing the same thing day after day. Create some excitement and live it up a bit or a lot. It’s your life – it’s your choice! Live Well!

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