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Mandy Kloppers

Finding Purpose in Retirement

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Many people get excited about escaping the rat race of professional life and relaxing during the final years of life. However, after retiring and enjoying peace and rest for a while, it can be easy to grow bored, depressed, or to lose purpose in life. It can be very hard to come to terms with the new arrangement. That’s why, if you’re retiring soon, you need to recalibrate your mind, set yourself up for success, and find a passion that will give you purpose and drive when you wake up each morning. 

Here are great ways to live your best life during your golden years.

Setting Yourself Up for a Successful Retirement

The last thing you want to do when you reach retirement age is quit your job, go home, and find that you’re bored and unfulfilled. That’s an unfortunate reality that can happen to many retirees. To avoid it, you need to plan ahead and think about precisely what you want your retirement to be. Do you want to come to a complete stop at work? Maybe you intend to stay at your job part-time or focus on starting your own business. By having a plan ahead of time, you can ease your way into retirement, and it can be less emotionally jarring.

About five years before you retire, make it a plan to start thinking about your happy place and how you want your retirement life to look. Maybe you want to move closer to your children, or you want to live on a beach where you can go out and see the waves each morning. By thinking ahead, you can get your finances in order and start looking at property to put your expectations in check.

While you intend to enjoy your retirement years to the fullest, there’s always the chance that you could struggle emotionally once the reality of this stage of life sets in. You may not need them now, but this is a good time to look up some mental health support programs. There are many websites that you can use to find the support you need. Consider MentalHealth.gov and the National Council on Aging, which both provide great support. Remember that you can always talk to your family when you need to express frustration or see a friendly face.

Find Purpose With Others

Planning in advance can help you to be content during retirement. However, if you still feel like you could do more with your life but need a little help, you can try to find purpose with others. Start with your family. This could be a great time to teach your grandkids a skill they always wanted to learn. Imparting your knowledge onto others can be incredibly rewarding. Especially if you see your student turn that skill into a job or passion later on.

You can also get out with friends and meet new acquaintances by volunteering in your community. Head to the local soup kitchen, donation center, or library and offer your time to help kids and the less fortunate. Few activities are more fulfilling and purposeful than helping others. This is also a good chance for you to meet like-minded people. Having friends nearby is essential as you age because they can help fight the isolation that can become a theme in your later years. 

Once you have those friends, you can continue your journey by joining them on trips to all the countries you wanted to visit in your youth. Traveling is incredibly fulfilling because you get to see natural and manufactured wonders you’ve never seen and learn about new cultures. 

Many travel destinations are famous for their personal growth powers, including Greece, the home of deeper thinking, where you can be inspired to explore the desires in your life. In addition to being beautiful, a trip to South Africa will show you the glory of the natural world, and you may be inspired to do more for furry creatures, like volunteering at an animal shelter in your town.

Work Part-Time For Yourself Or Others

You don’t necessarily need to go to the ends of the earth to find purpose in retirement. Instead, you may be able to work in your town or home. If you’re like many retirees, you may find that you need something else to get you out of bed in the morning, and the answer might be to find a part-time job or something where you can work on your schedule. 

Many jobs, like driving for a food delivery service, allow you to pick your hours. This is a great option because you can find a happy medium between working and enjoying your hobbies, and feel truly fulfilled. If you have a talent like playing a musical instrument, you could even start your own side gig by tutoring others.

If you want to stay home, this could be your chance to get to some of those improvement projects around your property that you always wanted to get to in the past. Homeownership and renovation can be good for your mental health because it gives you something to keep your mind occupied, and picking and choosing the colors of your exterior siding or the fixtures in your bathroom can be very exciting. You can also choose projects that make your home more comfortable by adding new carpeting or updating your air conditioning system, so you’ll feel better about where you spend your days.

Start planning your retirement sooner than later, and you can live your ultimate dream on your own terms and feel personally fulfilled.

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