Some of my friends have made the comment that they aren’t sure what they’ll do with themselves when they retire.
I’ve always maintained that time is like closets – we fill what we have – and not always with important things. If we want to do something meaningful with our time, there are plenty of opportunities – from helping with individual community or non-profit events (think the MS Walk, a Special Olympics event, or a Race for the Cure) to long-term volunteer work with a charity (like a soup kitchen or food bank.) There are opportunities to work with children, animals, and other seniors, and there are back room office jobs that need to be done.
The possibilities, and the needs, are endless. In retirement, how would you like to give back? What causes and needs inspire you to action?
As part of my retirement theme, I offer this weekly Thursday “Future Challenge” to get people of all ages thinking in general about their futures and/or retirement. Each challenge goes with a post of my own on the same general topic. Hopefully we’ll start some interesting discussions!
If you’d like to share what you think, or post on it, that’s great – and I’d love it if you’d share those thoughts in a post or comment (please tag posts TRS Future Challenge and link to this post) so others can also see them.
If you choose not to share them, that’s fine too – but with any luck, you’ll still gain some insight on where you’re headed (or would like to be), and how you can get the most out of your own journey.
To see my own take on this week’s challenge, see my post Faith of Our Fathers – or Mothers – Why Lent?
I agree there are many opportunities for retirees, but many people were (or are) prepared for an entire different life style and might or may not know what to expect. This is a very thoughtful post, TRS.
Thanks, Amy. I’m hoping that as younger people look ahead to retirement they may find time to give back in ways they couldn’t before, and understand that there’s still so much they have to offer!