“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
— Winston Churchill
Self-worth is often tied to one’s occupation, which can cause many people to feel depressed and a lack of purpose when it’s time to retire. Having more time to relax and enjoy leisure activities can actually feel like a loss.
But engaging in meaningful work doesn’t have to end in your later years. There are many opportunities to use your skills and passions—or gain new ones—while contributing to the community you live in.
For example, you can:
- Spend time on hobbies that benefit yourself and others such as gardening and woodworking.
- Pursue creative endeavors such as painting, sewing, music, or writing to share your talents with others.
- Get involved in your community and share your ideas. Join a resident committee or volunteer to help effect change.
- Share your knowledge with others: become a mentor, tutor a student, or read to young children.
- Try something new! Take a class, start a club, or teach yourself a new skill.
Embrace the freedom of retirement by focusing on activities that you enjoy. Then, find a way to expand their reach into your greater community. Before you know it, your days will be filled and fulfilling!