Making The Most Of Retirement

Making the most of retirement is something many people need help with.  Either they take this time in their lives for granted or they just don’t know how to enjoy themselves.  I cannot believe what a difference it has made in my life not to have to work.  I understand that I may be in the minority here, but I never really enjoyed my job.  In fact, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed any job for more than a month or two.  The bottom line is that I don’t like being told what to do.  I like the freedom that retirement gives me and I get a little impatient when I meet someone who says they are bored.

Making the most of retirement takes a little bit of planning and getting to know yourself and what interests you.  Believe it or not, most people are not very comfortable when they are by themselves.  They always look to other people to entertain them or create an agenda for them to follow.  I understand that everyone is different, but I truly believe that retirement is that time in your life when you are meant to complete yourself as a human being.  Most people spend their lives providing for a family or just making a living to pay their bills.  It can seem like you’re on a treadmill, working for that one or two weeks of vacation and then going back to continue the rat race.  At least that’s what it seemed like to me.  Don’t get me wrong, we have had a wonderful life and greatly enjoyed our children and family life but, somehow, work and “the job” always seemed to rear its ugly head.  Weekends were great but Sunday nights were horrible, dreading the alarm clock on Monday morning.  Making the most of retirement became a goal at a very young age.  While I realize that nothing about this outlook on life is normal and that most people cannot imagine hating their job as much as I did, it was a reality for me and an inspiration to create this website.

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I enjoy helping people who are approaching retirement age and have determined to enjoy every minute of the golden years of their life.  Making the most of retirement isn’t a selfish thing.  To find fulfillment and create a more positive outlook on life can have a very positive impact on the people you socialize with and, indeed, the world in general.  Creating a beautiful work of art or writing articles or stories that inspire people can be tremendously fulfilling.  Finally getting to that long-lost desire in your life can bring you back to your school days.  How many people have that buried dream and suppressed talent solely because they didn’t think they could make enough money doing what inspired them?  The bold and brave people lived their life following their dream but, if you’re like me, you chose the safe and the practical path over the tightrope of uncertainty.  I admit I did not have the courage to follow my dream but, in the spirit of full disclosure, I wasn’t sure I had one!  The closest thing I could find was writing.  My thoughts of journalism were overruled by my desire for privacy – not just my own, but for anyone.  Prying for the truth, no matter how honorable, wasn’t for me.  Thoughts of writing a novel were put on hold until I experienced enough of life to have something to write about.  When I finally did experience life, I didn’t think I could put my life on hold and sit down to write something that I didn’t think would generate enough money.  Some would say I didn’t have enough passion and they might be right.  But I also knew that if it was something I really wanted to do, I would find a way to do it.  I still might – that’s what retirement is for, at least for me.

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Making the most of retirement is re-visiting all of your dreams and rekindling that passion.  It’s joining a rock band or getting a food truck.  It’s taking pictures of the world’s greatest sunsets and creating quilts and crafts.  It’s having your own podcast or writing a restaurant review column that is followed by thousands.  It’s learning to fly or to deep sea dive. It’s visiting the places you’ve only read about and reading about the places you’ve yet to explore.  It’s touching history at historical sites and creating your own history in new ones. It’s creating your own plan for the rest of your life and leveraging all that you have learned in the process of getting here.  The possibilities are endless, and this website was created to help you down the path of making the most of retirement.  Take a look around and think about how to spend the rest of your life.

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