3 Steps To Follow As You Ponder Your Impending Retirement
Baby-boomer. Old timer. AARP cardholder. These names don’t bother you, because you’re part of an ever-growing population of Americans about to enter potentially the most exciting phase of your life: retirement. For the first time, you get to eschew working obligations, pick up, and move into a new home to start a great adventure centered entirely around your hobbies and wants.
There’s just one problem. You’ve spent so long living and working out of obligation and to pay your bills that you aren’t quite sure where you want to live, or what you want to do when you get there! Have no fear. We’re here to guide you through this exciting new phase that is retirement living. Just take a moment to follow this thought exercise, and hopefully you’ll be one step closer to making that “moving into a new home checklist.”
Step One: Close Your Eyes And Try To Imagine Your Ideal Surroundings
Not where you had to move for a job. Not where the best schools were for your kids. Find a quiet place, clear your mind, and try to let it fill up with environmental images that you find pleasing. You’d be surprised how ready your spirit is to assert its needs if you would only give it the chance! And who knows, you might find that you long for lakes and woods even if you’ve spent your whole life in a city. And that’s okay. This next phase in life is all about you. Once you’ve got a rough handle on the kind of geographical scenery you’d like…
Step Two: Start Looking Up Homes For Sale
Browsing homes for sale in a low-stress way can be a great way to capitalize on the inspiration of narrowing down your ideal geography and educate yourself about what’s out there. Most of us have to choose our living arrangements based on some sort of monetary, work, or family constraint, but now that you’re ready to retire, you have a little more flexibility. There are also living communities that cater specifically to retirees that might not have been on your radar 20 years ago but that fit the bill now. Speaking of not being on your radar…
Step Three: List Some Hobbies You’d Like To Begin
The key to a happy retirement is staying busy. The happiest retirees engage in at least three to four fun or productive activities regularly. This number might seem daunting, but remember, you have unlimited time now to pursue old loves and things you’re curious about. So take up woodworking. Go rafting, or camping, or long distance biking. Look up homes for sale with waterfront property in mind so that you can catch those freshwater fish your father was always bringing home back in the day.
You worked hard all your life. In retirement, you can finally collect the spoils of that work, so don’t miss out.