For many people, entering retirement is not as comfortable as one would think. That might be the case for those of you who have been very busy all your lives. Maybe first it was the family, then your job.
Before you know it, retirement is upon you, and you might feel like falling into a hole. Retirement does not have to be like that. You can make plans. The earlier you make plans, the more seamlessly the transition from busy work life to retirement will be.
New Chapter In Your Life – A time like never before
For many couples, retirement is a time like never before. You have fulfilled the “duty” of starting a family and raising your children. For many, retirement might be the first time in many years to have “your life back”. Therefore, the question should not be “what comes now”?
You should be looking forward to the day of retirement. All those past years you might have neglected several of your hobbies in favour of your family. Now you have the time to catch up with all those things you were longing for years. This is the time to do all the things you could not do with the children still at home.
Maybe you and your partner want to go on the cruise you have planning and saving up for years. A trip around Australia in a caravan?
Why not allowing yourself to be adventurous and spontaneous again like you were all those years ago when you started dating for the first time.
Is there any sport or hobby you want to take up again? Or start something completely new? Retirement is an excellent opportunity to make new and bold plans for your future.
It could be that over the years you and your partner went different ways. You still live together, but things are not as they used to be. Retirement gives you another chance to rekindle the fire.
Go for a date. Allow yourself to feel the love you once felt for each other once again. Allow those feelings to re-surf. Above all, don’t waste another minute, not feeling loved.
My partner is no longer around
Maybe you and your partner are no longer together, or one of you has passed early. This can be followed by a time of grieving, perhaps even anxiety. After all, for many years, you have made decisions and plans together.
You might be wondering what life holds for you, now that you are retired and single. Without any doubt, a truly challenging time in your life.
Maybe the hardest decision you will have to make is, do I want to spend the rest of my life alone or do I, at some time, want to date again?
Making early plans for your retirement is the best way to not waking up one day and wondering what might come next!