A meaningful life purpose—Freedom in Your Retirement
A few weeks ago I read an article by Robert Laura that offers insight into the “new” retirement. In his article he asks if soon to be retirees are seeking freedom from work or freedom in your retirement. Your answer to this question could dramatically affect the approach you take to this new life stage.
We have all heard that Boomers’ life expectancy is greater than that of our parents. The number varies for everyone, but most Boomers expect to be more active than their parents were in retirement
The question is, have you thought about the changes extra retirement years and increased energy could foster? How will you engage in life?
We will age as we have done since our birth. Historically, however, retirement has often been considered a time of negative aging where “oldsters” slowly decline in their rocking chairs.
That is not necessarily the case today. Boomers see that the mental, social and physical benefits of work can now be achieved outside typical work environments. Many are taking action to assure that their new lifestyle brings them continuing health, growth and wisdom—and a life purpose. This is good!
I’t’s better to be retiring to something and not from something.”
Creating freedom in your retirement
Have you considered how long you’ll live after gaining freedom from work and what you would do with that time? I hope so; it’s an important consideration.
Over the years, I’ve spoken with too many retirees who became bored a year or so after leaving work. Having cleaned out the garage, repapered walls and completed their reading list, they needed a new purpose. This is where freedom in your retirement can become a reality. After completing everything we thought we must do, it’s time to create a new, meaningful purpose in life.
Whether you truly enjoyed your work or not, you probably gained at least some benefits beyond the pay check. If nothing else, it likely gave you a life purpose. That’s crucial and probably one of the reasons many retirees start out removing clutter from their homes. Many of us see a real purpose in organizing our lives. In fact, it probably has been a source of annoyance for some time. But once that is done, what will motivate you or give you that crucial life purpose?
Will your life purpose give you freedom in your retirement?
Clearly there is no one life purpose that speaks to everyone. Only you can decide what that is for you. How do you do that? You might consider the following:
1. Listen to your heart
According to Sharon Kaiser, a writer for the Huffington Post; when you lead from your heart, you are naturally more joyful and motivated to explore.
2. Live a passion filled life
Embrace the idea that your purpose in life is to love it fully and stop resisting the unknown.
3. Take Action
Even if you aren’t sure something is perfect for you, try it if your heart leads you to it. The action may reveal something else that is perfect.
What do you desire for your retirement? It’s probably achievable if you are willing to take action and let it happen. Enjoy this new life stage!
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