The best part of a post retirement life is that you can describe it in any way you want to. Some would say that they have stepped into a life that they have always wanted while others would say that they have not retired at all, it’s just another phase in their lives. This is what makes a retired life so interesting as it is all about the type of life that YOU want. It might be travelling to new places that you have always wanted to visit but couldn’t make it or it might even be picking up a new vocation – photography maybe! It is entirely up to you, the type of existence that you want.
Here are certain tips that you can use to plan for a retired life.
- Have a positive attitude to life – Your ability to quickly adjust to a changed lifestyle will determine how you approach this phase of your life. Some aspects will be positive while others will be challenging. Retirement is definitely not one long part of life. The activities that you are able to carry out immediately after retirement will wane and fresh ones will take its place. The trick is to be constantly on the lookout for new opportunities to keep yourself engaged in tune with your physical and mental state. The only true transition is when you see yourself changed every time you look in the mirror. Getting older will be a physical issue and not a mental one if you can maintain a positive attitude to life.
- Have a positive attitude to work – Regardless of whether your pre-retirement workplace was in a certified garage as car mechanic in Sunshine, Melbourne or as a sales executive in Sydney, you can contribute your skills, job knowledge and experience to society in some way or the other. This is also another way to carry on with the positive stresses in your life that you have been so used to and would surely miss post-retirement. If you have a positive attitude to work then the common notion that a retired life is sans work becomes irrelevant. Incidentally, the work you take up need not be highly paying or full time only, even a part-time work or being a volunteer in any field can be very satisfying too.
- Fostering family and personal relationships – Human beings it is said are social animals. Personal relationships give a boost to the mental state and define the purpose to live. It also encourages you to meet the goals you have set in your life. Sharing lives and experiences on life’s journey post retirement with the people who truly matter is basically a validation and continuation of the “connect” established with colleagues pre-retirement. It is an opportunity too for sharing life with those who haven’t got enough of you pre-retirement. Psychologists say that the desire to share lives with others is a basic human need. You will now after retirement get lots of opportunity to fruitfully spend some quality time with your loved ones.
- Being financially comfortable – Having a million dollars in your bank does not guarantee a happy retired life. Instead being financially comfortable and managing your existing resources in a fulfilling way will surely keep you happy. You will also have a lot to discover too. For instance, in your work life you might have always looked for top of the line garages for car maintenance. Now, you will have all the time in the world to realise that a cheap car service in Melbourne or wherever you are staying is in no way inferior to the swank service stations you are used to.
These are some tips on how to spend a fulfilling and happy retired life. What you ultimately decide to do depends absolutely on your mental setup and frame of mind.