The years after retirement can be some of the most amazing years of your life. You can travel extensively, volunteer for causes that inspire you, and take up hobbies for which you did not have time for while you were in active service. As a result of this, a lot of people look forward to retirement as a chance to pursue their dreams and do what they’ve always wanted.

It is however important to realize that everyone’s desired form of retirement is personal; there is no “one size fits all”. Some people may want to retire close to family or friends, while others may want a change of scenery. Some people enjoy their jobs more than others and some people don’t want the responsibility of a job anymore, but still want something productive with which to fill their days.

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After retirement, our focus should shift to what we would like our ideal life to be like. To successfully do this we have to create a schedule that will include our daily rituals and the types of activities we want to engage in. It is also important to make out time for learning new things and social networking both of which are very important for our mental health.

In addition to creating a schedule, we need to make a comprehensive list of the things that are very important to have. These include personal needs, financial needs, physical needs, and spiritual needs. When making this list we should have it at the back of our minds that we are planning a lifestyle that should be flexible.

Life after retirement should always be a work in progress. Consider what you are doing now and ask yourself if it is going to get you to the ideal life you want to live after retirement. If not, it is not too late to adjust because retirement is not a destination, it is a journey.

Retirement is actually an opportunity to create a life that truly reflects who you are. It’s about embracing new possibilities and reinventions.