As retirees, our individual aspirations will differ. Yet ultimately, we all wish for excellent health and quality of life. Quality of life depends upon our social relationships and activities.
Studies into healthy ageing by Age UK show that it is vital we maintain friendships and devote time to hobbies and activities we enjoy. To be healthy in later life we must exercise our bodies and our brains. Evidence shows that an active lifestyle will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis. In return for exercising, your body will be stronger and more flexible while you’ll feel an overall sense of well-being. If your profession has involved long distance commuting and periods sitting at a desk, you’ll welcome the opportunities to work on maintaining your once you are retired.
The importance of aspirations and a plan
Retirement is the perfect time to change your life, to decide what dreams you would like to fulfil.
“Claim ownership of your dreams,” said Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness). It is never too late for you to achieve whatever you wish for in life.
When planning for retirement, start with your values. What do you stand for – and against? What beliefs do you most care about? What do you really love to do? What activities give you the greatest sense of achievement? When working, what skills were you best at?
What do you think you were put on this earth to do?
If you could do only one task today, what would it be?
If you were to accomplish one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Write down all your answers and use them to create your life plan.
Knowing where your true purpose lies will determine your happiness.
Create your perfect lifestyle
Keep in touch with people who share your best times. If you relocate and find yourselves further apart, take the opportunity to explore Lymm together. Book times in your diary to spend with special people and make them happen. Don’t have the sort of friendship where you say “We must meet up” then allow time to pass without making arrangements.
What are the areas of expertise in your profession? Do you specialise in business development or project management? Perhaps you spent your career in professional services or in a scientific, creative or technical role. Did you work alone, in a team, a large corporation, in manufacturing, engineering, construction, perhaps you practised a trade? If you want to continue using your skills and expertise, one thing is certain. You will be able to use them in a different capacity, perhaps to help a fledgling business take flight, or a charity.
If you want to continue working, what kind of opportunities do you want to create for yourself?
Consider what you enjoyed most about your working life. And what you least liked.
Think about your hobbies. Those you have now and those you wish for.
Set daily goals which help you achieve major goals. Give yourself a treat every day. Laugh more. Spend time with people who share your sense of humour and readiness for laughter. Find treatments and therapies which work for you and book them into your diary. Spend more time outdoors. Keep music in your life.
It makes sense to plan ahead for the kind of retirement which suits you both perfectly – and to start early.
“The most important thing is to be happy – it’s all that matters,” Audrey Hepburn.
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