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Even if you are in your 20s, it’s never too early to start planning your retirement activities. First, take a few minutes out of your day to write down the things you expect to be actively involved in. Make sure not to count solo activities such as watching TV, reading, or jogging. While these activities aren’t bad, they are not likely to keep you energized and interested for long. Also, make sure to be as specific as you can. Include the details of exactly whom you will work with and what you will do.
Remember that participating in just a few activities won’t keep you interested in life and interesting to others. If your list consists of travel, adult education courses, and golf, you’ll need to do more planning. Here are some other activities to consider — and how to plan for them.
Several people enjoy the bustle and creativity of the workplace. These people find that working part-time after retiring offers the best opportunity to stay busily involved in life. Not to mention, working a few extra years can go a long way toward helping your finances. If you hope to establish a new career, you must plan ahead. This about turning a hobby into a business or finding a part-time job that’s more challenging than just flipping burgers. Investigate whether you’ll need more experience, education, or skills in order to execute your plans. Then, take the time before you retire to develop the tools you’ll need.
There are many senior citizens that gain satisfaction for being actively involved with a good cause:
- A way to add meaning to life. Knowing that you are doing good and needed work can make your life feel more meaningful. Working to improve the quality of others’ lives helps some people cope with the - inevitability of their own death.
- A chance to do interesting work. Many nonprofits are involved in work that is fascinating. For example, nonprofits preserve rain forests, record oral histories of elderly immigrants, and teach low-income children to read. If you check around, you’ll find an organization that piques your interest or passion.
- An opportunity to meet interesting people. Regular workplaces are great places to make friends, too, but nonprofit groups tend to attract like-minded people (such as people interested in adult literacy or bilingual education or reptiles). Volunteering can help you form lasting friendships.
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