Have you thought about what you would like to do when you retire? After decades of working, often hectic life, stress and very little time to do anything, comes the retirement and free time to do whatever you want! What’s important is planning your activities ahead. Think – you can do those things you never had time to do while you were working.

When my parents retired, they kept doing what they loved. They both love to engage in different activities, whether those be playing cards or working in the garden. They seem happy even while they watch Netflix. Being physically active, traveling and visit friends made my parents’ retirement very enjoyable. They remained mentally sharp and in good physical condition.

Prior to my own recent retirement, I was thinking about what I would do. I talked to a lot of people so that I would get the picture what retirement would be like. The answers I got from retired people, from books, web – were very different. So, I started planning my own retirement. When it finally happened, I found out that I enjoy it so much!

No More Stress

For me personally, the best part of each retired day is peace. There is no more stress in my life. I don’t have to think about the mortgage anymore. My children have lives of their own and live in their own houses. I stopped competing in order to advance in my career. I finally can get enough sleep! I am finally free to dedicate my time to things I feel passionate about. When I see people I know that still work, I feel sorry for them as I know how stressful it actually is.

Now, that this fast-paced life is behind me, I’m able to spend more quality time with my loved ones and enjoy my alone time as well. I’ve learnt not to lose my head over things I cannot control and notice the beauty in small things.

 

Hello New Hobbies and Experiences

I found that certain things, to which I didn’t even consider dedicating my time when I was younger and when I was working, have now become very appealing to me. For instance, I once was in Spain and I loved their language, culture and way of life. When I got back from the trip, I somehow completely forgot how much I loved it there. Most probably, I continued with my fast-paced life and forgot about it. But now that I have all the free time each day, I started learning Spanish. Even though I’m not planning to learn it perfectly, I want to learn as much as I can, as I would like to visit the country again. I also find that history is extraordinary. I read a lot about the history of different nations, historic events and how those shaped the world we live in today.

I have the time to explore new interests and choose to do it whenever I want to — not like when I used to find half an hour of free time while I worked. The freedom is complete and possibilities are numerous.

When I saw my neighbor a few days ago, and told him how I spend my time reading about history and learning a language, he just said that he would never want to be retired. That’s how he saw retirement – from a completely negative perspective. But, that’s fine too. The truth is that each person chooses how they perceive anything, including retirement. So, choose the positive perspective and live your best life no matter what age you are!