Retirement — although something we look forward to all our lives — is actually pretty difficult to handle when the time comes. The average age of retirement in the U.S. is 63, and by that time it’s often difficult for people to find as much pleasure in their lives as they once did. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are a few simple things anyone can do after retirement to change their lives for the better. Far too many people think that once you hit a certain age you sit idle and just wait around to… no. No matter how old you are, you can still have fun, do new and exciting things, and most importantly, be happy.
Here are a few things you can do once you’ve reached elder status that might give you a little more happiness:
Check Out Elder Housing
Elder housing gets just as bad of a reputation as the elderly do. Take what you see on TV and in the movies with a grain of salt, because many elder adult communities are actually fantastic places for senior citizens to enjoy. Wholly 89.3% of senior living residents rate their overall satisfaction as either “good” or “excellent,” and 84.5% of seniors would recommend their community to another person.
The best retirement homes are filled with energetic, experienced and like-minded people just like yourself who want to build relationships and have meaningful conversation. Talking to your family is great, but sometimes it’s nice to let loose with someone who you can actually relate to.
Figure Out Your Passions
Passions aren’t just for young people. Passions are for anyone at any age. It doesn’t matter how old you are — you should always follow your passion. You might just have to think outside the box a little bit. For instance, say your passion was, is and always will be NASCAR. You probably can’t start a career as a pit crewmember, but there are so many more options out there. Thanks to the Internet, you can follow the entire NASCAR community, watch all the races, blog about the sport, find pictures and videos, talk about the history of NASCAR, and you can educate other people who might not know as much as you. There’s always more to life. Don’t let your age stop you from anything.
Write a Book
You’ve probably heard that everyone should write a book and plant a tree in their lifetime. The tree part is (relatively) easy, but writing a book could take decades. That’s OK, though. Even if no one ever reads it, it’s still nice for you to get down on paper all those thoughts in your mind. Many people enjoy writing memoirs, and surely you’ll have a lot to share in a book. Write about your time in college, write about space, write about your childhood, write about fighting dragons, write about love, write about your parents, write about anything and everything (and have fun doing it).
You’re never too old to do anything. Whether you’re looking into elder housing to build relationships, searching for your passion or writing a book, the best years of your life could just be getting started.