The number one rule of retirement is that it’s all about how you view it. Retirement shouldn’t be viewed as this “closing of a door” or an “end of the road” chapter. If anything, retirement may just very well be the climax of your life’s experiences. Retirement is a reward for all your hard work throughout your career – an opportunity to see and do the things you have on your bucket list!
Here are 6 tips and ideas you can follow to truly have the time of your life during retirement:
1. Prepare and follow a budget
Budgets help you allocate funds where they’ll be spent in the most effective way possible. Budgets allow you to save money on unnecessary things, letting you spend it on better experiences and unforeseen emergencies.
2. Focus on growing spiritually
Take off your shoes, walk into your backyard and drive those heels into the dirt. Close your eyes and breathe in the fresh outside air. Life is all about being happy and feeling connected to the world around you.
It’s very easy to lose yourself in the bad news of the world and distract yourself from what’s important. Take time away from the rat-race by meditating on the things that matter the most to you.
3. Do something your mother told you was dangerous
You’ve worked hard your whole life! You deserve an experience on the edge; go skydiving, ride the world’s longest zipline, swim in an aquarium surrounded by sharks, just do something a little bit dangerous and reflect on how it made you feel.
4. Give back to the world around you
During your working years, it’s very easy to focus on taking. Retirement offers you a chance to focus on giving back and transforming the world around you. Tutor local schoolchildren in your favorite subject, volunteer at a local daycare, or offer to plant flowers in gardens that need it.
You’d be surprised how far a good deed can go for even the smallest of communities.
5. Never lose sight of your health
Vitality is important while you’re young, in your 30s, and even when you’re turning 65. Focus on leading a healthy and active lifestyle by working out 3-4 times a week. Not only will these keep your spirits lifted and your body rolling, but it might introduce you to other retirees in your area.
6. Master a new skill
Retirement gives people the perfect opportunity to pick up a new skill and become an expert at it. Learn to play a new instrument, build sandcastles, or maybe how to tie every knot ever made!
Retirement doesn’t have to be this boring period in life where you sit around watching a television screen! Use the opportunity to see and do everything you dreamt of during those long days at the office.