Most people think that money is the greatest component of their retirement but others have learned that there are many things that are more important than money.
Refuse to Vegetate
Make a meaningful and lasting contribution. Just because you are north of 65 doesn't mean that you can't make a difference in people's lives. Take advantage of the vast experience you have and can bring to various situations. Develop a purpose for your retirement and develop a reason to live.
Want to spend the next 20 years watching daytime TV? Unless that is your deliberate choice, you have earned the right to do more than that. Sit down and make a deliberate decision about what you wish to do with the rest of your life then do it. This will do wonders for your sense of well-being.
When they retire, some people have between 30-50 years of work experience. These experiences can serve as era vast repository of knowledge and information that can help other people who have not yet travelled the road you have travelled. Find someone you an mantra. Take the particular skill-set you possess and seek to find a neophyte in that field and offer to coach them in the field of your expertise. You will be rewarded as you see someone else apply the knowledge and experiences you have imparted to them.
Pass your life along to your children and grandchildren. Identify those who are willing to listen and invest your life in them be telling them of your accomplishments. Don’t forget to include your biggest mistakes and failures. This will insure that the listener will accept your story as credible. If the only things you share is the positive…they will mark you as someone who is simply engaging in braggadocio. Inspire the young to be the best they can be. Lead them in setting and attaining goals for themselves.
Did you ever have the uncomfortable experience of being thrust into the presence of an important person when you were utterly unprepared? Remember how embarrassed you felt and how you wish you had been better prepared? One day you will stand before your creator and will be asked to give an accounting of your life. Develop a viable and personal relationship with the Lord and you will be able to face him with confidence. Through prayer he encourages us to: “…come boldly unto the throne of grace” and “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16