Working & Retiring

While we are living in the 9-to-5 grind of the working world, many of us spend our idle time dreaming of retirement. The ability to sleep whenever we want (and for as long as we want), do things whenever the fancy strikes us, and take our own sweet time to live life is very appealing.

Retirement can be bliss, but those who have been dedicated working people for decades can find it quite jarring at first. Not having a set schedule seems wonderful for a while, but some people soon start to feel unproductive and unhappy.

Here are some activities that will help to make your retirement fulfilling and the gift you dreamed it would be:

GET BACK TO WORK

“Wait, what? I just left the job and now you want me to go back?” No, not necessarily. However, this is your chance to choose a new direction in life. Was there a vocation that you passed up before for reasons of financial viability or availability? Well, here is your chance to look into it again. Also, you don’t have to do this job full-time. If you only want to work a day or two a week, then look for a position allowing for that kind of flexibility.

VOLUNTEERING

This is another way to stay active and contribute. Pick an area that is of importance to you and don’t be afraid to try a few different agencies. Volunteering must also be fulfilling for the volunteer, so don’t be afraid of resigning if that is not the case.

HOBBIES

Never had time to pursue that hobby you enjoyed? Here is your chance to take it up in earnest again. You can also try different things and possibly develop an entirely new passion.

Retirement is not the end of life, but the chance for a new beginning. You now have much more free time at your disposal, so make the best use of it to expand your horizons and further develop your interests.