Retirement is a whole different beast now. The advent of cutting edge healthcare and technology brought us many luxuries, and one of them is a long and healthy retirement brimming with possibilities.
Simply speaking, people have ample time on their hands and a clear mind to partake in several interesting activities. Everything else is a frame of mind. The road to stimulating twilight years begins with the right steps you can take to enjoy retirement to the fullest.
Take up fishing
It’s one of the most popular activities among retirees for a good reason. It encourages you to learn new things and pay attention to details. If you’ve never had a chance to string a fishing pole and spend a few hours on the water, this can be a beginning of a deeply rewarding sport that will help you reassess and appreciate the quaint majesty of outdoors once again.
While the activity engages your mind with technical minutiae it is also a pleasantly meditative experience that ameliorates melancholy and improves mental health. Of course, it also keeps retirees fit and physically active.
Delve into classics
Sleep, diet, and exercise should become an intrinsic part of your daily routine, but what about the food for the brain? The time has finally come to take up one of the most ennobling and exciting challenges - to delve into great classics of world literature that you didn’t get a chance to open before retiring.
So many people enjoy reading and a lot of them lament the fact that they simply could not afford the extra time to read some of the more demanding Russian classics, or the hefty hallmarks of Victorian fiction. You know what George R. R. Martin said:
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
Write for yourself
Another activity perfectly accompanies reading - and that is writing. Even if you are not an avid reader, you should write on a daily basis. Write down your feelings, write stories or a freeform novel. Writing has an incredibly therapeutic effect that encourages critical thinking and organizing your thoughts.
Keep in mind that, at the end of the day, nobody has to see your scribbles except for you. The option to look for second opinions and prepare your writings for publishing is always there.
Volunteer (for as long as you can)
A sound infrastructure for volunteering has been set all around the world thanks to the powers of the internet. You can easily select a cause that appeals to your ideals and visit a local site that can match your existing skills to the needs of organizations.
You can participate as a mentor or a teacher, bestowing the invaluable knowledge from your field on to new generations. You can join the initiatives to clean up neighborhoods and local parks. Now that you have a newfound time on your hands, you can contribute to your community in a meaningful and concrete way to a degree that was simply not an option before.
This one’s a no-brainer. Traveling around the world has never been as affordable and efficient as it is today. It is a widely-accepted fact that retirees invest a lot of their savings in traveling, and there is a good reason for that! Nothing can beat a completely new set of experiences in a fresh environment with culturally distinctive landscapes. It is a feast for all senses! Just make sure that your feet are taken care of well, and jump on the bandwagon!
Bonus: Think about playing video games
Soon, the retirees will come from generations that are not only computer savvy, but also avid gamers. This offers a plethora of exciting new opportunities in the realm of entertainment.
While this is still a niche field, you might want to consider purchasing an online game with an emphasized social component and embark on a raid with your friends, with headphones and a mic set up around your head. Imagine the possibilities!
After they spend decades upon decades in the workforce, people tend to lose the essence of who they are, having done only a single type of work over and over again. Unfortunately, this translates to the closed frame of mind only too often - the one that despairs for having lost their purpose.
But your work is not your identity, and you deserve a fulfilling retirement after so many years of hard work - the kind that will keep you happy. The assortment of steps suggested above should put you on the right track, but it all comes down to your willingness to be adventurous.
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