It’s 6 am, and the alarm is ringing, slowly at first, but faster and louder with each second that passes. I hit the snooze button, quickly doing a mental scan of my closet to choose today’s work outfit, and trying to remember if I have any meetings today. And then I remember. No meetings. A smile forms on my face as I stretch and hug my pillow. And no office. Because I am retired.
When I was very young and thought of retirement, I pictured an older, much older version of myself, sitting in a rocking chair, knitting or crocheting, and contemplating the finale of my life. And, while there is nothing wrong with knitting (or crocheting), retirement is not at all the end. In fact, it is just the beginning!
If you are lucky enough to be a member of a senior living community, you have many options for a fabulous life. Some activities to look into are:
Did you always love to read but never had the time? Well, now you do! See if your community has a book club. If not, start one! Pick a fun and exciting book, and meet once a week to discuss the juicy details. Serve some tea and dessert!
Take a class.
See what your senior living community is offering, or look in a nearby town for cooking classes, art classes, or maybe flower arranging. Whatever your interests are, there is sure to be a class nearby. It’s a great way to learn something fun, and to meet new friends with similar interests!
Even if your community maintenance fee covers the landscaping, it’s very rewarding to grow your own tomatoes, herbs, and maybe some petunias. Start with a few containers and see where that takes you.
Get some exercise and get to know your neighbors by participating in daily walks within the community. Wear sunscreen and a hat, and carry a water bottle.
You can travel wherever your imagination (and budget) allow you to go. Talk to a friend or two and book a trip or cruise to a favorite destination.
Visit family and friends.
Visit the children, take the grandkids out to a show, or see an old school friend. Stay as long as you feel comfortable, and then move on.
Relax and enjoy your leisure time.
The beauty of being retired is that you can relax and not schedule anything at all. Enjoy your leisure time, take excellent care of yourself, and spend time with those you love. You deserve it!