Successful retirement is not a financial issue, it is about re-connecting to what is most important in our life. Though everyone has different interests, certain specific areas are common to all: relationships, family, faith, creativity, romance, travel, and knowledge. These hold a special place in our lives and how we deal with them determines our enjoyment.
Reconnect with Friends
Our old class mates our one of our greatest resources because they really know us from before we started wearing masks. Try connecting with your grade school friends and be amazed at how all the years of separation disappear. Resource: Friends For Keeps: Building Relationships That Last a Lifetime by Debra Smith
Reconnect with Family
Despite the fact that some childhoods were not perfect, we need to heal the old wounds and remove any bitterness, by connecting with our parents and siblings. These connections last a lifetime and coming home we realize we are around others who understand us. Resource: Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family by Phil McGraw
Reconnect with Faith
Everyone needs to find there spiritual path and connect to like minded practitioners. As we grow older there seems to be a void that only an community of faith or experience fills. Resource: finding Faith: A Self-Discovery Guide for Your Spiritual Quest by Brian D. McLaren, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, & The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Find an Activity That Uses The Right Side of Your Brain and Your Hands
We need to find a creative outlet that uses our hands. Pottery, gardening, music, woodworking, or some other creative or artistic pursuit. This activates the creative side of our brain. We spend most of our lives using only the left, analytical side of our brain. Resource: The New Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Add Romance in Everyday
We need to find romance in the ordinary events and circumstances of our days. Not just the love of another person but the importance of taking care of ourselves. Resource: romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Experience New People and Places
Travel has always been a part of retirement and it has a way of transforming our attitudes about other cultures and our own. Resource: 1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
Be a Lifetime Learner
We continue to grow even after retirement and it is necessary for us to expand our horizons with new knowledge. Dedicating ourselves to being learners for life is an important first step. Resource: How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Educations you Never Had by Susan Bauer, and Audio Tapes from The Learning Tree
These are the Secrets that every successful retiree has learned. Why wait to retirement to reap the benefits of retirement. Incorporate them now into your life and the life our our team and clients.