So, you are not into model aeroplanes or bowling, nor do you find the idea of playing golf five days a week appealing, what now?
I think that when you decide it is time to give up paid work, it can be difficult to transition if you don’t have a clear idea about what it is you want to do next.
Retirement is a relatively new phenomenon, and it is not the end of your meaningful life, if you don’t want it to be.
Retirement means different things to different people, but the general idea is that our most valuable commodity, time, is now more your own to enjoy. This can be a very special time of being in a position to give of yourself in a way that you haven’t been able to before, it is a time to pass on wisdom and show those millennials a thing or two about being grateful for all they have.
Retirement can be the busiest time of your life. First and foremost, grandparent duties, if there are none of your own, then find kids who need a grandparent. There are lots of kids who have parents who are worn out, strung out and need some encouraging and need to know they are not on their own. Visit your neighbours, take baking, offer to babysit, whatever it is, connect with others in a meaningful way.
Find what makes you tick, are you a people person, do you enjoy serving others, fixing stuff, building things? What is it that you see as a worthwhile way to spend your time?
Your days will be more relaxed, you can choose to hide away or contribute to society in another way. Time is a valuable commodity and now you have some, use it wisely. Don’t they say that you get wiser as you get older?
Whatever your passion, whatever your gifts and talents, you are a valuable member of society. We look forward to seeing your golden years as your best yet.
If you are worried about money, if you will have enough in retirement, don’t hesitate to ask for help, that is what we are here for.