Todays seniors are not content to retire like previous generations. Retirees are not likely to be found sitting in a rocking chair watching life go by. Instead, they are finding things to do, places to go and things to see.
There are approximately 12 hours you will need to fill in retirement. What will you do with all that free time?
What sports, hobbies and activities would you like to start or continue to do?
Do you live in a state where you can enjoy the things you want to do? Consider climate, amenities etc.
Does your budget include enough money to do the things you like, or want to do? If not, you may have to keep working part time.
Have you always wanted to become involved in your community?
Are you active, do you crave adventure or do you prefer more cerebral activities? Are you a spiritual person?
Once you have thought about what will make you happy, it is time to choose things to do in retirement that fit your personality and activity level. MORE
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RETIREMENT LIFE TIPS
It is imortant to learn how to navigate this new phase of life. It isn't enough just to have one source of interest, say playing golf 7 days a week. You have 12 hours a day to fill. You need to find several activities that will keep you busy and engaged.
It doesn't really matter if you have all the money you could ever want or you are retiring on a budget, a great retirement lifestyle will depend on several key factors. And you are in control of each of them.
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Wherever I turn, I am reminded that retirement living today can be far more exciting than ever.
But a fulfilling, happy retirement won’t just happen without some effort. If you find yourself sitting around watching television 18 hours a day or playing golf 7 days a week with no other interests or activities, retirement will be a big disappointment to you in short order.
Seniors today have many choices for making their lives unique to their interests, goals and activity levels. If you are just entering retirement, or already in retirement and want to improve your lifestyle, sit down and make a plan. Finances aside, find out what makes you happy.
The measure of enjoyment in your life is up to you....