The best part of your life could be when you retire
When you retire, if you haven’t done it yet, you will do many things you have never had time to do so far. Right?
If you have been retired for a while, the question might instead be something like…
“When should I have time to do that?”
Whatever scenario best describes your situation, I think we can agree on one thing.
Time is as limited as retired as it was before you retired!
The mistake you make before retirement is translating your 40-something hours per week of a job in a corporation as released free time. Wuaa, 40 hours per week, I can use to play more golf, travel to the places on my wish list, and spend more time with my family and friends.
In theory, it sounds good, but often the reality turns out to be different. Instead of getting out of bed at 6 am to be on time for work, you stay there until 9 am. That’s fine, and you have the right to take it easier when you retire. But be aware that these 3 extra hours in bed in the morning already is “eating up” 37.5% of your “released” time, assuming that you worked 5 days a week and a total of 40 hours per week.
With this somewhat provocative introduction, I only want to make a heads-up for time. Time is and will always be a limited resource. There are various tools out there for you who always are short of time. Here are 5 good tools.
However, tools exist to make something happen more easily and smoothly. But you’ll always be the ship’s captain, and before using any of these tools, you must make a plan. You need to schedule your time how you feel is best for you.
Be in Charge of Your Life When You Retire
This quote by Solomon Ibn Gabirol is a good summary of how to live your life when you retire.
“Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever, but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow.”
It’s about having a vision and goal of what you would like to achieve as a retired person. Having passed the 7th floor (LOL) in life, I have concluded that 5 pillars should be the guideline for a happy life and to live what I call the Golden Age Lifestyle.
If you open up the Cambridge Dictionary, the first definition you will come across is this one:
“The act of leaving your job and stopping working, usually because you are old.”
The sad reality is that it was like that earlier. As an employee, no matter how successful you are, you are only one of the tools your boss is using to make the corporation profitable. You are valuable as long as you are productive. That’s it!
Thanks to the digitalization of the entire world, there is a life after retirement. Why not grab the opportunity to start something on your own?
Personally, I hate to use the word retired. It sounds like the beginning of the end. So, skip retirement and instead start a new phase in your life.
Do what you love to do
Probably for many years, you did what you had to do. With your successes, you were promoted and could experience extra income through salary increases or bonuses for good performance.
Now, when you retire (I promise not to use the word again,) it’s time for you to do what you love to do. But what does it mean to do what you love to do? Well, it’s totally personal and varies from individual to individual. However, a common word for all directions of desires would be to live a meaningful life.
Take that extra nap you sometimes need, go for another drink at the bar, and go for an additional round at the golf course. It could also be that you decide to start that business you always had in mind, but time didn’t allow you to materialize.
At this point in life, is time to love what you do every single day; no more “suffering” from supervisors demanding that you deliver and show results from your work.
Stay in touch with society
When I left the corporate world some years ago, I noticed something I had never thought about before.
You have very few friends in the company. All relationships are tied up with the work that has to be done. After more than 35 years in the corporate world, and with a huge network to get the work done, I can today count on one hand’s fingers the number of friends.
Pretty scary, but that’s real life in the corporate world. Therefore, to not run the risk of being an isolated nomad, activate your personal network. This is the moment to deepen friendships with your real friends.
The need to connect with other human beings is programmed in our DNA. We are wired for social connection.
Perhaps you could join some kind of charity organization. You’ll indeed find people in precisely the same situation as you.
If you belong to my age group, you can probably relate to this. When at school, we all learned for life. So far, so good, but what happened to all updates? This was the era when everything took its time. Digitalization was not even a known word.
Today it’s totally different. Things change every day, minute, well, every second. One of my biggest frustrations when joining the digital world was that it was impossible to be up to date. The speed of new knowledge in the market is much higher than your learning capability. Just accept it!
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
You have the capacity (otherwise, you wouldn’t be here.) I would also say that you have the skill to learn. Although, some argue that the learning capacity declines with age. Do you know what? Pure bu****it!
It’s true that your brain changes and your ability to learn, but that was something that happened when you were still a teenager.
Now the last and most important part; the willingness to learn. Believe me, this is the part where most people get stuck. Laziness is one of the most dangerous “diseases” in life. It tends to whisper false predictions in your ear when you retire.
Monetize your skills and experience
Buying in on my recommendation to skip retirement in your vocabulary, and you have a genuine desire to really do what you love to do. In that case, this last part is for you.
You have the skills (of course you have), and you have tremendous life experience. You will get the knowledge you need to add to your asset right here!
No, I’m not kidding…
This is the system I have been a member of for more than 8 years now, and if this hadn’t come across my life, I would not even speculate about what would have happened.
To retire today is an entirely different journey than the one our parents made. It’s time for you to turn your interests, passions, or expertise into profit!
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