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Best Retirement Advice:
Retirement Identity & Purpose

Wendy, Retirement Coach

You are seeking my best retirement advice, right? 

Are you ready? I'd bet you aren't even thinking in this direction...

Yep, most people talk finances... and yes, your income and savings are important. BUT, to me, how you spend your retirement days is equally important. 

You retire... and BAM! You suddenly don't know WHO you are or WHAT you will do all day, every day!  

You dreamed of the freedom of retirement, so what happened? Yikes!

My Best Retirement Advice is: Find a New Identity and Retirement Purpose!

Purpose Driven Life

At one point, I thought retirement was all about finding Retirement Happiness. As I've thought about it, you can be happy and content with life, happy with family and friends surrounding you, or happy alone.  Happiness isn't really enough. Being happy in these terms means life without obligations.

Being happy is great, but We Need Purpose to be fulfilled in life. Yes, even in retirement. Humans weren't created to simply exist day to day. 

Retirement Purpose (my own definition) means: Helping others live life. 

Hey, as retirees, we've got the time, right? Why not  put it into use?

You might:

  • Teach others what you know (online, neighbors, adult education classes, etc.). We all have knowledge in some specific area, even simply living life... you assume everyone knows what you know, but they don't.
  • Help others (family, friends, neighbors) still stuck in the crazy working world. You remember the hectic lifestyle, right? Where can you step in to help?
  • Volunteer to help wherever you see a need. You can volunteer for an organization (but be sure it meets YOUR needs, your schedule, your mindset). It's about feeling good about helping, not just keeping busy, right?

Personally, as strange as this sounds, I deliberately look for seniors, in the grocery store parking lot, in the winter. They are freezing.  Many can't locate their car. Then they need to load the groceries.  That is where I step in -- I help them find their car, get them inside, load groceries in the back. They are grateful too.

Freedom is fun, for a few weeks, but then -- you are slammed with the lack of identity and purpose. It happens to far too many retirees...

Please use this too-easy retirement advice to find your own purpose in retired life! It doesn't have to be difficult, seriously... just find a way to own your new lifestyle and help others while you live it! Do it while you CAN -- and karma will repay you when you are elderly.

Do you have Retirement Goals? I challenged retirees and here are a few responses! I hope they push you into action!

Have YOU written your Bucket List? Your ideas don't have to be BIG - but they should inspire you to take action!

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