Have you ever been given the exercise asking what you wanted to do in retirement? Several years ago I was verbalizing this to someone and I heard myself saying that I would visit the library every time I ran out of something to read. I was/am already doing everything else I love, and other than doing things in slightly different proportions (even continuing to work), visits to the library really stood out.
I have since made it to the library nearly every time I run out of reading material. This is a very good thing, because I stand before you and fess-up that ‘my name is Elaine, and I am a read-a-holic ’—and just for the record, I am NOT in recovery. When I do run out of ‘new-reads’, I have to resort to my old favorites and quite a number of which are in such tatters that I have to sort through stacks of loose pages to piece one together.
Moral of this story: Life is short. Retirement doesn’t always happen for people. My own mother died at the age of 64, barely one year into retirement. Give thought to what you want to do in retirement and evaluate what you can start doing now. Start LIVING now…some things you may only be able to start saving towards, or planning (such as a trip, but even getting all those tour books is great fun… deciding where you want to go and what you want to see), etc.. LIVE now.
No one ever said on their death bed that they wished they had worked more.
Living Joyously Tip for the Day:
You become what you think about….so think JOY. Start making a list of things that give you joy and START DOING THEM.
START LIVING NOW
Cultivate that which brings you joy and you will naturally be JOYFUL
References & Resources:
The Art of Everyday Ecstasy, Margot Anand, 1998.