No matter how excited you are about retiring, it represents a major change. Prior to this departure, you knew what was expected and required of you, but here you are in a whole new role. Even though it’s a wonderful role, it’s still change, and that can be daunting.
It’s even more daunting if you don’t want to retire. Before we quit working , I can remember my husband saying that he feared retirement more that death. Wow! That’s an unpleasant comparison.
In either case, retirement demands a significant change to a significant portion of your days, week and years. How will you adjust? How will you maintain your equilibrium and your balance, so that you can make this transition smooth? Take a look at this interesting article about change. Here are some additional suggestions.
Four ways to embrace change and enrich your life
- Accept that change will happen. Sometimes we get so used to the routine of our lives that we’re thrown off balance when it takes a detour. You know the old saw that says, “nothing stays the same except change.” That’s for sure. Even change that’s good – like retirement – can be stressful. It’s OK. Everything will be all right. In fact, it’s going to be wonderful.
- Be good to yourself. Indulge yourself a bit when you’re in the middle of change. If you can’t indulge yourself, at least try to be as nice to yourself as you’d be to your best friend.
- Know that flexibility is the key to happiness. Let it go. Take it as it is.
- Realize that working through change makes you stronger. I love the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that says, “A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
“A wise person adapts to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” Chinese Proverb
Instead of being seduced by ambition at work, you can now put your efforts into understanding the beauty and possibilities around you, the talents and successes of others, the stories and lives outside your workaday world.
If you read Dixie’s last post, you’ve already begun your transition by exploring the inner you and outlining a plan that will put you in a proactive position. You’ve already started on your journey of discovery that will enrich your life and will bring you rewards that will fill you for life.
And by the way, my husband who so feared retirement, couldn’t be happier!
How are you adapting to retirement so far?
There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it “retirement.” I call it bliss.
— Betty Sullivan