Before you create your personal adventure list- Let’s define adventure.
There are as many definitions of adventure as there are types of adventures to be experienced.
Adventure is getting out and being bold. It’s trying new foods or new activities to say you’ve done it. It’s anything that pushes your routine and comfort zone…but most of all it’s fun and thrilling.
For our purposes, adventures for Baby Boomers and retirement generally means something outside your day to day routine, Not necessarily risky but risky in that it pushes your experience level and maybe your comfort zone but is still something you’d like to try.
Adventures can be broken down into all types of new activities:
Glass fusing, art
Exploring all National parks
Visiting Natural wonders of the world
Deep sea Diving
Gardening, painting, ceramics, wood working, etc.
In summary, an adventure may include learning or trying something new to you. Something that you are curious about and excited to experience.
You’re much more likely to make your wishes come true if you write down exactly what it is you want. This list is limitless. If there are limitations, they are individual to your own restrictions. Maybe these are physical restrictions, maybe financial, maybe health restrictions but for the most part…it’s all wide open
Gather up the essentials – your significant other, a crisp glass of chardonnay or a strong cup of coffee, and your imagination – to create your ideal retirement life. This is a wonderful conversation, so prepare to linger over it. The sky is the limit. Don’t be discouraged by incidental problems like a lack of money. Dream big! You can almost always find a way. We’ll talk about that later. The important thing is to figure out exactly what it is you want your ideal retirement life to be.
We’ve had many of these conversations over the years. We usually start by each making a list of what we want to do in the next couple of years. Then we share them with each other and consider how we can make the lists come alive. It was one of those conversations that got us to Florida 15 years before we retired. We knew we wanted to be somewhere warm when we stopped working. Continue reading Retirement 12 – Create your Ideal Retirement Life
Retirement is a departure from the purpose of work and also the routine of work. You already know the compensation ends. The routine that surrounds and supports your work also ends.
Find your new purpose?
When the purpose ends so does the routine that surrounds and supports your work. You know the routine that I’m talking about:
Preparing clothing for work
Planning ahead for fixing dinner. Need to stop at the store on the way home?
Buying your lunch? Fix a lunch.
If there’s family, getting them up and off to their destinations.
Gas in the car?
Setting the alarm for 1-2 hours before starting the commute.
The commute. Is it an hour each way? Less? More? Allow for traffic, weather.
To do List to clear up what wasn’t finished yesterday. Start on new projects.
Family activities after work?
Stop at the dry cleaners.
After retirement, that routine changes drastically. The drain on your time changes from all the tasks listed above to “What am I going to do today?” Sure you still need to keep up with the laundry, the meals planned and the family attended to, though they probably have their own homes by now. You have all day to deal with these items and if not today, then tomorrow works too.
Find Your New Purpose
Now is the time to shift your passions and probe your curiosity to identify your new purpose in retirement.
Purpose evolves as you pass through the many phases of your life. This may stem from passions from the past or desires at one time or another that you didn’t have time to pursue. In retirement your constraints are lessened because you may be downsizing your home, the kids are through college, the car is paid for, the weddings are over and you are into the next phase.
Now, the “job well done” may only come from inside you after retirement, but the truth of the statement still resonates. And it may resonate on a much more personal level that will have residuals that far out-distance a title and a salary.
You might be counting down the days to retirement. I know I was, but I always knew that I’d want to do some kind of work when my “career” came to an end.
You don’t have to rush into it. Take some time to bask in the joy of ignoring the alarm clock. Remember when you were a kid and the early days of June heralded the long and wonderful summer ahead? That’s how the start of retirement is. The world opens up before you with endless possibilities.
But if you decide you want to work, how do you get started? You might want to make a list of all the things you’ve been interested in doing over the years. Maybe you want to remain in the field where you’ve worked, or maybe you’d like to branch out and try something completely new.
You may be able to turn your current skill-set into a consulting job or a part-time teaching position, either on-line or in a classroom. If that’s what you want to do, then finding part time work in those field might be easier while you still have your career position and contacts. Dixie worked for several years as a marketing consultant when she retired, and I’m still teaching online. It’s wonderful to get up and work in your pajamas.
If that isn’t feasible and you want to try something you’ve never done like flower arranging or working at the golf course, then a time lapse after retirement shouldn’t hurt your choices. Go for it. It should be fun.
“According to US News, 60% of workers over sixty look for a job in retirement.”
Part Two: Phases of my unexpected retirement & flexibility
Health was the unexpected reason for my unplanned early retirement. Retirement isn’t necessarily one decision that you live with for the rest of your life. There may be one phase. Or, there may be several phases, each of them enjoyable.
In my post on November 3rd, I described Phases 1 and 2 of the 5 phases of my retirement. I’m recapping my story not because I think it is riveting but because it illustrates how life intervenes and often changes our direction. Even when we plan.
As said before, “Flexibility is the key to happiness.”
To recap, Phase 1 was caused by a health issue. Phase 2 was caused by a need for medical insurance.
Many retirees find themselves in the “Sandwich Situation.” We have adult children with our young grandchildren and 1 or more of our aging parents still living. Oftentimes this creates a situation where we are needed to care for our aging parent(s) and also needed by our adult working children for their children. Hence, “Sandwich Situation.”
My widowed father became our responsibility after my mother passed in Northern California during Phase 2.