Five More Lessons for Retirees
This page follows the Five Lessons for Retirees listings.
6. Unplanned Opportunities
Planning is good, planning is smart, but sometimes unplanned opportunities arise. When they do, take a look and see if they are helpful. If they are worthwhile, seize them.
7. Expect to Feel Emotional
Retirement is a major change in our lives, so we should expect some emotional turbulence. We may feel fear, anxiety, anger, sadness and depression. We can also feel energized, excited and joy at entering this new stage in our lives. Most people will feel all the emotions, both pleasant and not so, during the process of adjusting to retirement. During the process you may feel "in midair," but eventually adjustment to the present reality does happen and enjoyment of your new role predominates.
8. Make the Most of Your Strengths
You did not arrive at retirement age without considerable success at dealing with difficulties. You have overcome all kinds of problems in your life, and you can do it again in retirement. Your schedule will change, your friends will change, but that has happened before and you lived through it. That ability to deal with changes is one of your lifetime strengths, and you can continue to count on it in retirement.
9. Try Plan A (But Have a Plan B)
When you retire you may have some ideas for changes to your life, maybe moving or working part time or doing volunteer work. This is Plan A. If Plan A doesn't work out for whatever reason, it is wise to have Plan B in your back pocket...an alternative plan for your retirement life.
10. Your Universal Plan B
If you cannot think of a Plan B, consider these two: Research your family's genealogy, or write your life story. Both are worthwhile activities that will help to calm and concentrate your thinking while you adjust to retirement.