One of the hardest things I have tried to do is define my retirement. What am I going to do? What will my life look like? If you are like me, and you are nearing retirement age, the unknown of what is to come can send your head a spinning.
Will you live as you always have, just not heading to your job everyday? Or maybe you will work part-time doing something you love. Is downsizing in the future? Will you be moving to a smaller place to live? Maybe you plan to travel around the country or see world. Are you thinking about volunteering at your church, the local food bank or for an international non-profit? Maybe personal growth is a desire, taking a course or two online or at the local college or your preference is taking care of your wonderful grandchildren a few days a week. There are so many options. When it comes to defining retirement it will look different for everyone.
The one thing I am allowing myself to do is change my mind daily. One day I am trying to figure out a way to stay in my house and continue living life as I have, without working, of course!. The next minute I visualize myself heading off to the Peace Corp or becoming an expat in a culture that calls out to me. Everyday day is an adventure in defining my retirement and I am finding joy in the exploration and creation.
Things to remember when defining your retirement:
- Visions of your retirement will change and evolve over time, until you find the one that will work for you, and then, who knows, maybe it will change again.
- This is your life and your time. Create a life that will make you happy. There is no right and no wrong.
- Consider your budget. (We’ll talk more about that in another post.)
- Look at all your options. Think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid to try something different.
- What is on your bucket list?
- Remember that any decision that you make can be reversed. Nothing is set in stone.
- Retirement is your oyster. Open the shell and find your pearl.
Comment below on how your define your upcoming retirement. But before you do, check out how the kids describe what retirement is, how much money you need, and how long it lasts.