Unfortunately, I still have a long way to go until I can retire but I have always thought about the many things I would do if I had the time to start a new hobby or learn a new skill. I imagine myself being able to live and be active well into my nineties. With the science and technology, we have today, people are living longer and longer so there is no reason to think that I won’t be able to enjoy my life when I am in my older age. I began taking Life Extension supplements several years ago to help regenerate my cells and improve my bodies health so that I can be sure to live a long time into the future. I would highly recommend that you find some sort of health routine to follow as you get older because it will really increase the chances of you being able to be more mobile and have more mental awareness even as an elderly person. Now that you know you are going to be able to enjoy your life well beyond retirement, it is time to start thinking about what you will do with all that time you have.
Where to Begin
You may have a million ideas for how you would like to spend the second half of your life, but you need to think beyond the big and extravagant dreams, and more about what you will do with your life on a day to day basis. How will you create structure and purpose in your life when you remove the added motivation of making money so that you can survive and take care of the ones you love. For some it may feel like too much to even think about because all they want to do now is take a nap and watch Netflix. However, that is probably because of a busy work schedule that leaves them overwhelmed at the end of the day. I would suggest thinking about what you enjoyed doing as a child or teenager, because that is probably the last time you had a chance to spend days on end doing whatever you wanted without thinking about what you had to do the next day, on Monday, or when your vacation ends. Think about what you used to think about doing all day when you were at school. How did you wish you were spending your days at then?
Brainstorm Some Ideas
At this point, you may be too old to appropriately participate in some of the things you used to enjoy doing, but chances are there are adult versions of whatever it is you are into. Another thing to remember is that just because something is not accepted in the mainstream or understood by everyone, doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy it and find others who feel the same way. Look online to find community groups for different hobbies you make be considering and you will surely find someone to enjoy an activity with or even a class to take to learn a new skill like photo editing.