They’re called the golden years for a reason. All that hard work comes with a reward, and now is your time to shine. We all deserve some well-earned rest, but your retirement is as much a new beginning as it is an end to a previous chapter. Here are a few entries to mark on your to-do list now that you have time in abundance.
Whether you spent your youth tied down to a job or ticking spots off on the globe, you’re now free to visit all the destinations that you always wanted to. This is your chance to revisit corners of the world that brought joy and excitement to your youth or explore new places that you always wanted to see. If money is an issue, then keep in mind that thrifty travel is at your fingertips.
Whoever said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks had a few new tricks to learn. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby or further develop your existing passions. Write that book you always had in the back of your mind; pick up painting or drawing; take a piano lesson; consider ballroom dancing. As long as you’re here, progress and development should never come to a halt, and they never stop being just as rewarding.
Whether your family is tiny or gigantic, whether your ‘family’ is related by blood or by love, now is the time to cherish moments of togetherness. Bury the hatchet if you’re holding grudges, do your best to make amends where possible, and let the people who you care about know that you love them with all your heart.
The secret to happiness in your new chapter is closing the book on regrets, holding onto what still brings you life, and embracing the possibilities of the here and now.
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