I am a firm believer in maintaining a positive, revitalized outlook for the future during our retirement years. In conjunction with this train of thought, I want to have fun! I suggest that you should be bold and adventurous.
One of the sure ways we can accomplish the preceding, is through hobbies. They can create an invigorated sense of purpose during your retirement years. The hobbies that you participate in can surely offer you some distinct advantages.
These activities can certainly keep you active physically, socially, and mentally. In addition, these activities may provide you with peace of mind and a feeling of relaxation. Indeed, you have the potential to make new friends and provide more meaning to your retirement lifestyle along with a feeling of contentment with your life. Hobbies can also help in reducing stress, anxiety, and common health problems. This is particularly evident if you select activities that create positive feelings within and allow you to feel mentally stimulated. In fact, you may find that the feeling of self-respect increases. Ultimately, you will experience a higher level of contentment with your life. Take if from me, I know that it works!
A hobby is a regular activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure, typically done during one’s leisure time. The activity can be whatever you want. I think it is important to set some sort of framework when you begin a new hobby. That is; how much do you want to accomplish, and, how much can you accomplish at your age? So, if you decide you would like to sky dive, can you perform the task, as did George H. W. Bush at the age of eighty-five? Or, would you prefer, perhaps because of physical limitations, to begin the most popular hobby of bird watching? The point is: If possible, follow your passions! Hopefully your passions will engage your body, brain and your soul. Hence, you may be able to better cope with changes that aging brings with it. Ultimately you will maintain a high level of interest, be happy, and feel successful.
The suggestions offered in this book are by no means a complete list. Literally, the sky is the limit. Whatever your imagination perceives as a hobby can indeed, turn into the real thing. A most important consideration here is for you to uncover new passions, or rediscover passions that you forgot about.