3 Life-Changing Things to Do in Retirement
Retirement isn’t what it used to be. Not so long ago, the only acceptable things to do in retirement were knitting, playing golf, looking after the grandkids and, generally, “aging gracefully.” Now, out of necessity or choice, more people than ever are working well into their 60s and beyond. Even if you can afford to stop working, you are probably more interested in pursuing your passions than following someone else’s idea of the perfect retirement.
3 Things to Do In Retirement if You Want to Get More from Life
Despite, or perhaps because of, all of the choices ahead of us, many people in our generation are a bit overwhelmed by the new concept of retirement. After decades of looking after other people, many of us are wondering “what next?”
While I can’t help you to decide which passions to follow, I can tell you what the women in the Sixty and Me community have told me are the most life-changing things to do in retirement.
No matter what your other goals are in retirement, these 3 simple recommendations will help you to get the most from the coming decades. Best of all, unlike many of the things that we want to do in retirement, these ideas are completely free!
If you have any other recommendations for how to get the most from retirement, please add them in the comments section at the end of this article.
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Start Putting Yourself First
Many women over 60 reach retirement age and realize that they have spent their lives living for other people, often at the expense of their own personal goals. Maybe you dedicated your life to raising your children. Or, perhaps you feel like you always put your spouse’s needs above your own. Now is the time to start living your own dreams.
Retirement is a time to focus on things that bring you pleasure and joy. In many ways, it can be a second childhood – a time to laugh and explore.
Explore and embrace your body. Dance. Find and communicate your unique style through makeup and fashion. Get up at midnight and have cookies and tea. Co camping. Take a gentle yoga class. No matter what you do, remember to have fun, just like you did when you were younger.
Don’t let anyone else stand between you and your dreams. Learn to say “no” to the things in life that you dislike so that you can make room for your true passions. Live fully and remember the quote by Lucille Ball, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I didn’t do.”
Explore Your Spirituality
Many women over 60 have a renewed interest in spirituality. Whether you take part in an organized religion or simply follow the voice in your own heart, retirement can be a fantastic time to get things into perspective.
Spirituality is not just a tool to help us rise above the common challenges of aging. It is also a means to realize our potential as human beings.
Don’t let anyone define your spirituality for you, but, don’t leave the questions of your heart left unanswered either. Ask yourself tough questions and listen every day for the answers. Why am I really here? How do I want to change the world in the time that I have left here on earth? Do I believe in a greater power and, if so, how do I want to connect with the divine?
The specific answers are not important, but, the questions mean everything as we look to bring meaning into our life after 60.
Face Your Mortality
Many women are afraid of dying. If I’m honest, this is something that I have struggled with over the years as well. There is something about the idea of my consciousness no longer being here that I find spooky and more than a little unnerving. Do you feel the same?
As with so many things, I have found that the key to dealing with a fear death in the future is to focus on what you can do here and now. Many women in the community have told me that planning for their own death has helped them to face their mortality and live life more fully. Far from being morbid, end of life planning can give us a sense of control and, on a practical level, it is a positive way to remove stress from our family when we finally do pass away.
Facing our own mortality helps us to focus on living life with passion and vigor. Remember the top 5 regrets of the dying. No-one wishes for more money on their deathbed. They wish for a better future for their family. They do not regret spending too little time in the office. They regret not spending enough time with the people they love and the passions that they enjoy.
So, find the courage to stare death in the face and say “I will not come to you today, but, soon. And when I do, I will thank you for giving me a reason to live.”
Retirement is changing. It is no longer a time to sit in front of the TV, quietly contemplating our lives. Life after 60 can be anything that we want it to be. Why not start the next chapter of your life today? Get healthy. Forgive yourself and others. Most of all, celebrate your right to be yourself and to live your way, without regrets or limitations!
Can you think of any other life-changing things to do in retirement? What other advice would you give to someone who asked you how to get the most from life after 60? Please let us know in the comments section.