In order to truly understand retirement, you have to experience it directly. Reading books about it and scouring through blogs can only give you much insight as to what you can truly expect. Friends and family might prove helpful, yet nothing is as deep as a personal experience. That includes taking massive amounts of courses or classes as well. These can only give you so much information and guidance as you navigate through the journey of retirement. There are no two paths identical on this road and everyone will have a singular story to tell once they reach it.
Customizing your retirement means have the freedom to pursue what you really love and having no qualms about this individuality. Imagine if you were creating a description for work for yourself that included only the things you loved. Retirees can make their own work schedule, doing exactly what they like and avoiding more stressful situations. You don’t have to answer to anyone and tomorrow is a blessing and not a headache. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
With journey to be only yours and yours alone, here are a few discoveries you may find yourself in once you start down the path.
Taking responsibility Leads to Inspiration
Many retirees enter into a new life that is nothing near what they expected and are somewhat disappointed. With high expectations and nothing on the horizon, boredom leads to frustration and even more episodes of melancholy. But there are also others that revel in their newfound freedom, staying actively engaged and busy and able to get all the things done they never had the time or energy to do before. The primary difference is that they are not waiting for the world to inspire them; they set out on a path to attack life full throttle and thus reap the rewards. Seeking out new experiences and looking for excitement is how true inspiration occurs and these are the people able to live and appreciate life to the fullest. Simply sitting back and waiting for things to occur is not the way to learn anything new or re-discover yourself in newfound ways. Exploring dreams, using your imagination, and going beyond what you previously thought of yourself ultimately leads to a more impactful life.
Calm and Serenity with Life
Lots of retirees discover that retirement is a blessing after a storm of upheaval involving work and family. There is lots of merit in being able to close one door firmly and enter another with open arms and eyes. In our younger years, life tends to be more stressful, be it from work family, or other pressing issues. After we reach a certain age, we don’t have to worry as much about family, we don’t feel the need to prove ourselves anyone but our self and it is this blessing that allows us to maximize the option to choose. Our skin thickens as we age and we are less likely to worry about the little, unimportant things that are by and large beyond what we can control directly.
Many people find that retirement age is the best time they have had in their entire lives as they can leave much of the stress of earlier years behind and stay focused on the positives of life and learn how to let go and let loose.
Living Within Your Means
During retirement age, you are more inclined to watch how you spend as debt reduction is a significant financial concern for this age group. For those that always practiced fiscal conservatism this may not be a problem, but for others, it can be a red flag as retirement age comes around. So whereas before you may not have thought twice about purchasing a massage chair, in later years, you may have to find a cheaper option or buy second-hand. The good news is that it will no longer be necessary to balance things like mortgage payments, education, or business clothes. These will more than likely be discontinued as you age and you can concentrate on other aspects of where you spend money. While it may sound impossible, the good news is that it just takes more effort and soon you will experience fiscal confidence instead of fear.