Things every retiree needs to be aware of

After years of hard work and dedication, retirement is well deserved. So take a look at some exciting things your future has in store.

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It's daunting to leave your working life, but it opens so many exciting opportunities for the future! Photo: Skitterphoto, Pixabay.

Retiring is perhaps one of the scariest choices you can make in your life. This is the case whether you are lucky enough to be able to retire young or whether you’ve worked a full life and are finally ready to take that giant leap into your new life as a retiree.

The whole idea of leaving behind years of your life to begin what almost seems like a new one can seem almost alien. Making the decision to leave a career you’ve worked hard to build is never easy and sometimes you may need a little bit of a confidence boost.

There are many positive things attributed to retiring and whether you’re excited or worried, you should have someone to encourage your choice. Why? Because you deserve it.

If you are considering retiring, the chances are that you’ve worked a long, successful enough career that has led you to be enabled to make this choice. That’s already a hugely impressive feat on its own.

To kick things off, put your mind at ease in knowing that retirement is what you make of it. So let’s take a look at what’s ahead!

Family Time

Do you remember the days when you were so busy, it seemed like spending time with your loved ones was just an impossible dream? Often life gets away from us and finding that precious time to devote to your family can become a fiasco.

When you retire, one of the best things you can look forward to is spending some quality time with your family knowing you don’t have to be anywhere other than in their company.

Your family will be one of the greatest comforts in your retiring years, because it can often get hard to feel useful without work to keep your mind occupied. Remember that you are everything to your family and any loving family will certainly show it!

 

You Have Time to Relax

STOP! Take a breath. Relax. You have time. This is that hardest thing to tell yourself after retiring, as many of us get so used to the work life that it can be INCREDIBLY difficult to reset your body clock and simply relax.

This is the best time in your life to sit back and reflect on where your life has brought you. You can now enjoy the fruits of your labour because you earned it. Try and remind yourself how hard you worked to get to this point.

Your time is no YOUR time. No one else’s. There is nobody telling you how to spend your time, so get inventive! All those years of building wisdom and knowledge were for now! When you can use it to enjoy yourself! These ARE your golden years.

You Earned This

Remember all the years spend slaving away, working hard, only getting so-and-so time off? Dreaming of those holidays you’ve built up all year round just to be able to enjoy three weeks’ vacation?

Well now you’ve earned the mother of all vacation time! You’ve worked hard and you need some time off. So take it! The best thing to do after retirement is to simply remind yourself every single day that you earned this.

You’re awesome. You won the game of life! Grab yourself a big glass of whatever it is you drink and cheers yourself! You made it.

Retirement hopefully doesn’t seem so scary now. It should be regarded by all ages as something to work towards! There is time for literally everything you can imagine and the sky is your limit!

If you’ve reached the age where you want to retire, chances are you feel financially stable enough to do so and the only thing holding you back is the habit of work. Try to use this time to replace the old habit of work and teach yourself some new habits!

Read a book, HECK! WRITE a book! Make that garden you’ve always dreamt of, hop on a cruise ship and sail the world! There are so many options out there it’s unbelievable. Now is the time where you get to really live!

Most people may be thinking “But I can’t afford the luxurious things”, well that depends on how you look at it! You are surrounded in luxury! There are many things you do every day that are luxurious and many things alike that you can DO!

Money doesn’t have to be the deciding factor as to whether or not you can enjoy your retirement. The true fruits of life come from pursuing our passions! Think about what you loved doing when you were younger and maybe dabble in a bit of that!

Listen to the songs from your childhood and watch the movies you always loved while growing up. There is a whole world of things out there to do! This is only the end of having to work. Wake up every morning and remind yourself that this is the beginning of life!