Many retirees will start retirement feeling great. They’ve worked for decades and they welcome retirement with open arms. They do some of the things they never had time for because they had to work so hard, and they get to spend time with family that they haven’t been able to do up until this point.
The only problem is that after a little while the simplicity of retirement starts to creep in and causes some retirees to face reality – they are no longer working. The idea of not working at first seemed grand, but eventually, it just seems as though a piece of their life and identity are missing.
Are you feeling this way right about now?
Are you searching the Internet for ways to take up your time each day?
Do you wonder if what you’re feeling is normal?
The good news is that you’re in the right place and you’re doing exactly what you should be doing right now. And yes, you are definitely normal for feeling this way about retirement.
Most people feel exactly the way you do about retirement. It’s a different way of life. It’s something you’ve never experienced before, and that’s why it’s an adjustment.
Adjustments aren’t meant to be easy. They are uncomfortable for a reason, actually. It’s that uncomfortableness that will help you succeed in this stage of life.
Whenever you are in an uncomfortable situation, your body, mind and soul begin to work on it. It tries to figure out what is so different with it, and then change your views and feelings to make it work for you. Why do you face such resistance to it then? Just like how most of us don’t like to change, your body, mind and soul don’t either. If life stayed exactly the same all of the time, you may feel okay with it, but you wouldn’t grow as a person.
Think back on your past and all of the times you’ve been uncomfortable. What was the end result of that uncomfortable feeling? For most situations, you probably were able to rise above, learn more about life and move on with strength.
That’s exactly what is going to happen now. You are at a breaking point. You are faced with a different life that you must learn how to live. You will find a new way to live this life of yours and whether it is going to make you happy is up to you.
You can close your eyes to this new part of your life and resist it with everything you’ve got, but what will likely happen is you’ll isolate yourself from the world and your life. You’ll grow even more bored, and yes, that is possible. You’ll start to feel miserable. You won’t blame it on what you’ve done in this part of your life, but you’ll blame it on retirement.
Retirement is not the culprit here – you are. You are in control of your life still. No one and nothing has taken that away from you. All you have to do is pick up your life and mold it to be exactly what you want it to be right now.
Think about it.
If you need more help with adjusting to retirement, consider a personal consulting session with Kendall Van Blarcom. With an introductory session, you can start to figure out exactly what you want to do with this stage of your life. You can start to see how the boredom you’re feeling is just your passage into the new stage. One that YOU can make a good, successful one just like you’ve done with the rest of your life.