Just remember, “you ain’t done yet”.
I have many ideas of what you can do so you are not bored in retirement. Let’s get busy.
Have a purpose
DO NOT retire from life. Retirement effectively gives you an extra 40 hours of life, plus whatever commute time you used. Now it’s your turn. Enjoy this new phase of life. You’re the boss now, and in charge of your own time-management.
Like many of us in this phase of our lives, we have health issues. I do too. Severe heart health that creates some mobility and endurance issues. However, I have found that many people are extra patient and supportive of senior citizens these days. All you need to do is politely ask for help. Whether its to reach something or go somewhere, or learn something new. People do seem to go a bit extra to help senior citizens.
Volunteering is always the first thing mentioned for seniors to do. That’s fine, but you need to treat yourself too.
Take some time to restore your mind, body and soul from what was stripped from you during all those working years. Maybe you’ve been conditioned to trudge along, being led and told what to do year-after-year. Now is the time to turn that around. Remember, you are the boss. If you want to go for a walk; go for a walk. If you want to take a long lunch; by all means, take a long lunch. If you want to just close your eyes and shut-down for a bit in the middle of the day, shut-down, You really don’t owe anything to anybody. You need you now.
Do something – anything
Take up crafting, challenge yourself to do a daily Word Search or Crossword puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles are great too. Maybe try your hand at needle point, sewing, knitting, wood-working, macrame. Ha remember the days of macrame? I’ll cover more ideas and things to do in retirement if my other articles, so keep coming back and checking for more ideas.
Goals vs Challenges
Goals, goals, goals. I’m sick of goals. We’ve spent 50, 60, 70 years or so setting goals. Notice above that I used the word “challenge” instead of goals. That’s right, time to make challenges of the ideas and things to do in retirement. We’ve already met the goal of living long enough to get here. Now let’s challenge ourselves to have fun and do what we want to do.
NO MORE GOALS – “Been there, done that”
The way I see it. Challenges are not goals. Challenges are everyday things to do. Every day, I sit down with my morning coffee and do the crossword puzzle of the day on a game site I like. It’s not a goal to do this, that would take all the fun out of it. It’s a challenge. A challenge to keep my mind active, alert and to also conquer the daily puzzle. Having a challenge is much more fun than having a burdensome goal.
Do something – Have a purpose – Challenge yourself!
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