The word “senior” might bring images of wrinkles, white hair and early bed times, and these are all part of growing older, but there is so much more to being a senior. Retirement is the end of your working life, but it is the beginning of your real life.
People tend to think of youth as the best part of their lives, but this doesn’t have to be true—and in fact it isn’t true for many people.
Think about it. What did you have in your youth? Lots of time, limited responsibilities, and few bills to pay. But what didn’t you have? For most people, the answer is simple: money. Even if you did have a job, you probably weren’t making enough money to do all of the things you wanted to do, see all the places you wanted to see.
During retirement, on the other hand, you have money. Depending on where you worked and how carefully you saved, you might even have a fortune. And the very nature of retirement gives you an extra 40+ hours a week, every week. Even better, your only responsibilities are keeping your house clean, taking care of any pets you have and maybe babysitting your grandchildren.
What can you do with all of this time? If you feel lonely you can move to the independent ling community and have nice time with people of your age and interests. You can take a class about something you’ve always wanted to study—a new art form, a different branch of history, programming, anything you can think of. You can visit all of the most beautiful places in the world. You can spend all your days reading on a beautiful beach in a country where it’s always warm. You can do anything your body will physically allow you to do.
Leaving your job once and for all is scary, but it opens you up to a whole new life, one where you choose exactly how you spend your days. You might not be able to climb mountains anymore, but you can certainly travel the world, meet new people and do new things.