Reaching retirement is a huge accomplishment. It is a piece of freedom many people look forward to. While extremely gratifying to achieve, there are some things you will need to consider once you begin your new life as a retired individual. One of the most important things to remember is to stay connected to others. Many people often underestimate the role our co-workers play in our social life. They may be surprised at how much effort it takes to stay involved with others.
Staying social is key to living a pleasant life after retirement. Social activities can easily be turned into a part time job, opportunity for starting a business or a way to volunteer. What are some great ways to stay socially involved? The Social activities are divided into five subgroups.
Spiritual – Your own spiritual growth or helping others with theirs is included in this group. Spirituality becomes much more important as people age as they look for a bigger meaning to life and also come to deal with their own mortality. Spiritual service is also a rewarding activity that becomes important to people as they have the time to connect with others on a deeper level.
Communication – A love for language, literature and the expression of self through written and oral communication is included in this group. While it might be difficult to find a paid position in the field of communication, there are certainly opportunities for using communication as a hobby, volunteer activity or even starting a business.
Personal Services – Catering to the needs of others is another way of making good use of your time. This is a great opportunity for people who have the desire and talent to work with others meeting their basic needs. Many of these jobs don’t require extensive experience and all training can be learned while on the job.
Education – While many retirees have an interest in learning, there has also been a rise in seniors as teachers. Outside of being an actual teacher, there is a variety of volunteer positions at schools you can participate in to keep yourself busy.
Social Services – If you want to make a difference in the lives of the youth, there may be many opportunities to get involved as a counselor, coach or therapist as a volunteer if this is an area of passion.