December 1st, 2010

Older, Wiser, and More Fun! Retirement Living and You

Retirement living doesn’t have to be about moving into a senior citizen’s home and restricting your ambitions to the local bridge club.  I mean, if that’s what you really want, terrific—it’s your retirement and your life, after all.

But what other options are there for retirement living?  A lot of them!

For one thing, with medical science and the things we have learned about nutrition and exercise these days, our generation can choose to keep ourselves active and healthy for a long time during our retirement.  And these days, our life expectancy is 90 to 95 years, so we’re going to have a lot of retirement years to look forward to.

So what do you want to do with those years?  I suggest pulling out your old dreams and starting to act on them!  Make a bucket list of things you want to do before—well, before you kick the bucket.  Don’t hold yourself back with this list; you’ve spent the past several decades being responsible for other people.  Retirement is the time for you to be true to yourself!

In addition, think about the ambitions you had in your youth.  Do you want to take up the music lessons you stopped when your first child came?  Have you invented something but never had the time to follow up?  It’s time, now that you’re nearing retirement, to decide if you want to build part of the next years of your life around those dreams.

At the same time, I recommend you dig into the Internet if you haven’t done so already.  Obviously, you’re using the Web now or you wouldn’t be reading this article.  But there’s so much more that the Internet makes available,  from customizing your travel plans to creating your post-retirement business!  Not to mention you can keep in touch with your children and grandchildren much more easily by email than you can by trying to schedule phone time together.

When we’re in our 50s or 60s—even when we’re in our 80s—we still have a lot of living to do.  We can spend our retirement living out our dreams, or we can accept the conventional “wisdom” and settle for less.  But I’m not doing that—and I suggest you don’t, either!

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