Hooray! You’ve retired! Now’s your chance to sit back, relax and enjoy life the way you want it. You no longer have to go to work and there’s nothing you have to do – only the things that you want to do. Doesn’t that sound amazing? As many retirees discover, “not working” really is the beginning of something … a whole new chapter of life. Which means that a lot of retirees end up doing some soul searching and redefining of themselves during their golden years.
“For so long, retirement is a destination that we’re striving towards, and when we get there, it can almost feel like something is missing in life,” says Doris Lea, Executive Director of Hidden Springs of McKinney. “Your career and your work is what gives you purpose for most of your adult life. That desire for fulfilment and purpose doesn’t go away when we’re retired. In fact, it becomes more important – and perhaps more meaningful – than ever.”
There’s a difference, says Doris, between having a busy life and a fulfilled life. “A lot of retirees fill their days with all sorts of activities they love, like watching grandchildren, playing sports, going to movies and spending time with friends,” she says. “And while all these activities are pleasurable and give us things to do during the day, they don’t often meet the deeper need for a fulfilled life.”
In other words, pleasure by itself doesn’t bring fulfillment. But fulfillment can be endlessly pleasurable. A fulfilled life, according to Doris, is one where you’re using your skills, talents and passions to contribute to something bigger. In a sense, it is work – but it’s work that you choose and that gives you meaning.
“I’ve seen so many retirees end up going back to work as consultants or starting a new career in their golden years because they enjoy being a part of something larger than themselves,” she says. “We all have a desire to learn new things, to create, to give back and to contribute. Retirement is your opportunity to discover just what it is that fills you up. Because you’re retired, you now have all this time to dedicate yourself to the causes, efforts and opportunities you’ve been seeking.”
Fulfillment and joy mean different things to each person. If you’re wondering what would bring your life meaning in retirement, here are some tips to help you start your personal journey.
Work, you say? Yes, even though you have closed the book on your previous career, there’s no reason why you can’t “work” in a non-traditional sense. Human beings are creators, and we find fulfillment in putting our skills to good use. Take some time to think about the type of work that you enjoy and have always wanted to do, but maybe never had the chance to pursue. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to start a photography business, or you’re a skilled woodworker who would like to use your talents to bring joy to others. You may even want to get back your former career as a contractor – doing only the work you want to do and not having to sit through boring meetings or other office politics.
What are the causes or missions that you’re passionate about? Many retirees take this time in their lives to get involved with volunteer efforts. Not only does this give you purpose, but it also helps make the world a better place. Love animals? Volunteer at an animal shelter. Enjoy teaching kids? Become a mentor or sign up to read to schoolchildren. Take a look around your community and find opportunities where you can share your talents and your energies.
Build your social circle.
Loneliness is a real problem for seniors, especially in retirement. For so long, you’ve had a network of instant friends with shared experiences. It may take a little effort to stay in touch with colleagues once you’ve retired, but it’s definitely worth it. You may also wish to look into organizations, clubs or other groups where you can pair a shared interest with social opportunities. Lastly, don’t hesitate to reach out to your acquaintances or spark an old friendship. Send a text, call or shoot a Facebook message to someone on your list and invite them out for lunch or coffee. Making connections is healthy for both your mind and body and keeps you engaged and active in retirement.
Learn something new.
Learning doesn’t end after you leave school or leave the workforce. By constantly striving to try new things and learn new things, our brains stay supple and young and we have a better overall outlook on life. Many retirees decide to go back to school to learn a new language, get a degree in something that interests them or to learn a new skill. You’re never too old to expand your mind, and you may discover your “second career” while you’re doing it.
Stay fit and healthy.
When you feel well, you age well. Staying healthy is one of the best things you can do for yourself as you age and should be top priority in retirement. Now that you’re not spending hours at the office, you have no excuse to not get out and exercise. Try to get 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day – and if exercise isn’t a habit, start small by taking a walk around the block after dinner. Schedule your annual medical checkups and make sure you’re taking care of any ailments you might have. Taking a preventative approach to your health will help you feel good in retirement and give you the energy to enjoy everything the world has to offer.
Turn a new page.
Sometimes, retirees want a clean break from their past life in order to start something new. Which is why so many seniors end up moving away from their current home and downsizing to a smaller house or a senior living community.
“Retirement is a chance to say goodbye to everything you’ve had to do and hello to everything you want to do,” says Doris. “Hidden Springs of McKinney was designed to give active, independent seniors the chance to use this new time of life to the fullest. With maintenance-free living near everything you love, it’s a great place to launch your retirement adventures.”
For more information about finding fulfillment in your golden years, or to learn more about our new community in North Dallas, please contact us at 972.483.0234.
Luxury Living in North Dallas
At Hidden Springs of McKinney, we understand how important location is to North Dallas seniors who are looking for an engaging, enriching retirement lifestyle. Located in McKinney, Texas, we are close to medical centers, arts and entertainment, outdoor opportunities and everything else you love about this area. Seniors who choose to make us their home can enjoy a range of trips, opportunities and activities while living their very best life thanks to our innovative focus on wellness.
Active Retirement Living for a Healthy Tomorrow
The secret to a life well-lived awaits you at Hidden Springs of McKinney. Envisioned and developed by Madison Marquette, a company with a 25-year track record of investing in vibrant communities and a stellar reputation for developing luxury residences, you’ll discover all the possibilities your retirement brings … as well as the confidence of knowing your future is secure.
Our beautifully appointed, active retirement living community is created for those who expect more out of life. Luxury living, gracious services, resort-quality amenities, engaging programs and stunning apartments in 15 floor plans are just a few of the benefits awaiting you. And with Assisted Living and Memory Care services offered on campus, you can retire with complete peace of mind, knowing that if needs change, the care you deserve is right at home.
To learn more about Hidden Springs of McKinney and discover The Secret to a Life Well Lived, call or visit us today. We’d be happy to schedule a tour and show you just how much our location can make your retirement experience exceptional.
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