Baby boomers are continuing to define the newest terms of retirement. The previous generation saw retirement as a time to sit at home and enjoy a few sparse hobbies. But baby boomers are staying more active during retirement. This is especially true for baby boomer women. They are more likely to find hobbies and activities to try, and much more likely to undergo a reinvention.
Reinventing Yourself After Retirement
Reinvention is more than just changing your hair color and losing weight. Those things are included, but it is so much more than that. Reinventing involves changing your outlook on life itself. The way you view things, the way you react to things, the way you handle things – this is all included in the change.
Many baby boomer women take this opportunity to physically change their appearance to match their new personality. A new wardrobe and a new haircut go very well with a new attitude. Along those lines, it’s fun to try out new things as well. Be more open-minded. You can do anything anyone half your age can do, including yoga and belly dancing.
New Opportunities for Growth
Expand your interest in other ways by taking community college classes. Community colleges usually offer introductory classes to hobbies, such as sewing and cooking. You can even learn another language. This can expand your social reaches as well; you’ll likely meet people in class that you have things in common with.
Take in some culture. Visit an art museum. Go to a play. See an opera or a ballet. Wear a color you’ve never worn before. Start a tradition with some of your closest friends. Pick one day a week to play cards and swap stories, or trade memories. Trying out new things and doing things you enjoy keeps you happy. It also gives you the chance to put into action the qualities that you want to cultivate to complete your reinvention.
Testing your mettle allows you to sharpen your already broadened view of the world. Ultimately, though, persistence is the key to successful reinvention.
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