Being relatively new to retirement, I am finding there is a learning curve. It’s more than learning about an interest area. It’s learning how to live. Here are some of the specific things I am learning about life in retirement:
- In retirement, you choose how to spend your days. This is a bit of a love/hate thing because when I have days that are not fulfilling, it’s my own fault! So, I am learning to own my choices, be happy with my accomplishments, and not beat myself up if something goes differently than planned. Everyday is a new day to experience joy. And everyday does not need to be extraordinary. There can be joy and fulfillment in the smallest of things and the most ordinary of moments.
- Learning to take time… to have a conversation with a neighbor, a glass of wine or a morning coffee with a friend, a leisurely shopping excursion. I am learning to enjoy not feeling rushed. And the joy of mid-week un-crowded shopping. For this Type-A “hunter mentality” shopper, this is definitely a learning curve!
- Learning to just “be” and not always “do”. A very challenging learning curve for a recovering workaholic!
- I am choosing to be happy by learning to practice gratitude. I am also actively using tools to be more emotionally aware by labeling negative emotions.
- Learning to be OK with being a beginner. I am exploring new things – learning about retirement, doing the self-reflection needed to form a vision and action plan, and exploring new activities. From having mastery-at-work to be a beginner-at-living has been a huge change and one that challenges me regularly.
Besides new interests, what are you learning in retirement?
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