In many of the other articles on this website, I write a lot about all the possibilities for what you can do with your life once you no longer have to work (or at least, work full-time).
You can spend more time doing things you’re passionate about, such as writing, playing music, creating art, or volunteering.
You can travel more, without being limited to a finite number of vacation days a year.
You can allow more time for physical activities, such as hiking, biking, or playing golf.
You can spend more time for taking courses, reading, or enjoying cultural events.
I often suggest that you should strive for a balance of physical activities, mental stimulation, socialization, and fulfillment.
All of these are things you can add into your life.
After almost two years of being retired, I often seem to be busier than I was while I was working. (I’m usually not, but it seems that way.) I still don’t have enough time to do all the things I envisioned doing.
While my life is rich with fun, rewarding activities, most of which I enjoy, part of me also wishes my life was simpler. Not boring – just simpler. I still find that some of my time is either being wasted or is being taken up with things that don’t really bring me joy. Finding ways to eliminate the “noise” and the needless complications should make for a much more satisfying life.
I am starting to realize that the key to living a happy, fulfilling retirement is not just about what you add into your life, it’s also about what you let go of.
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