Retirement: How to succeed?
Friends, relatives, acquaintances but especially “snow birds” I encounter invariably ask me: What do you do with your time?
They are obviously considering a more leisure life style and perhaps have planned financially for the experience. But frankly, they are afraid they will be bored if they take the plunge. If they have to ask the question, they are clearly not ready mentally; and they are a bad candidate for the senior or leisure lifestyle.
The secret is easy. First; you must have a passion to be retired and enjoy the finer aspects of life and to be happy at whatever you do. Young people who take a job position for money alone learn the hard way, without passion for the work they do, they are domed to develop mental anguish over their career: money without true happiness.
Second, you need hobbies and interests that excite you and you alone, no matter what they may be. Hobbies cost money but interests are free. So depending on your financial status you may have to balance your hobbies with interests. Those that plan to play golf or go to the beach seven days a week will soon learn the folly of that plan; it does not foster a happy retirement.
I know folks who tell me they are bored in retirement and they do not know what to do with their time. Their days are long and very stressful and they lack the self-motivation to find a balance in their life. That is sad!
In my case I have so many interests and hobbies I love to do that it scares me to see my to-do list each day. How will I find the time to do it all? Oh well, today I will delay the joy of starting that new book.
I hope each person contemplating retirement has my time problem but especially the passion and motivation to retire happily. It also helps to retire in a sub-tropical paradise; such as Naples.