You will probably retire between the age of between 50 and 65 years, depending on your terms of employment. At this age, you would barely have much passion for pursuing other employment options. This is the best time to think about volunteering your time, expertise, and knowledge that you acquired over the years to help shape other people's lives. Volunteering within your society would open your mind and life to a host of problem-solving opportunities that you will get nowhere else.
In such a case, there are various opportunities available for you, including indoor-based as well as outdoor-based volunteer work. When choosing the area you wish to volunteer in, you should consider your passion, experience, and how such volunteer work would help impact other people's lives positively.
Volunteering on indoor-based activities includes areas where you choose to mentor young children and the youth in the society. This does not have to be complicated as you only need to organize with the local leaders who would help you gain a foothold by organizing a small indoor function where you would meet the youth. Youth mentorship in such a case may focus on specific issues such as career choice, violence, and drug abuse among other prevalent issues that are common in your area. Volunteering this way would help you shape your society positively while also giving you an opportunity to impart knowledge on the upcoming generation.
Engage in business
Your life in retirement can also be positively engaged by opening up a new business, preferably that which is not labor-intensive. In such a case, you should minimize as much as possible the capital required as you would want to avoid the stress of working hard to steer your business to profitability. Besides, it is not necessarily a must that you open your own business as you may think of supporting your spouse's business or even helping run your children or relatives’ business.
Service-based businesses such as restaurants, cafeteria, or even a salon and a garage may give you an opportunity to appropriately engage your skills in activities that will earn you some income. Working in your garage may, for example, give you an opportunity to utilize the mechanical skills that you probably had during your life in employment.
When thinking about the business you want to venture in, it is important to consider your set of skills to avoid investing in an area that you are incompetent on. Capital, in such a case, may not be much of a bother as you may choose to invest your retirement package money in purchasing the tools and implements necessary to kick off your new business.
Such a business will also give you an opportunity to establish a lifelong legacy for yourself after you are gone. In this regard, most family businesses normally start at such a time when retirees think about starting some new investment which they leave behind for their children to successfully run.
Engage in fun activities
Sometimes, when thinking about retirement, what comes to your mind is having fun and relaxing. This is especially the case if your time in employment was spent meaningfully well in stressful conditions such as the military or other demanding tasks. If your preference is to relax, then there a wide range of opportunities available for you out there. You can choose to become a member of a local sports club where you play outdoor or indoor games. Such sports will help you keep physically fit while also giving you a chance to bond with the rest of your neighbors and society.
Other activities of fun that you can engage in during such a time include traveling far and wide. Depending on your physical stature after retirement, you can choose to become a travel enthusiast where you get an opportunity to hike mountains and set out on camping voyages for fun. Such an opportunity can rekindle your love for nature while also keeping yourself physically fit.
Other activities of fun that may offer such an excellent opportunity to revive your friendship with your long life friends include traveling around the world. You may choose to use such an opportunity to set various destinations that you probably have never had the opportunity to visit before. Such visits would give you a chance to meaningfully utilize your time while also opening you up to a wide range of opportunities for adventure.
Also, when thinking about adventuring as a retiree in your 60s or 70s, you can incorporate some form of writing where you put together your thoughts, activities, and itineraries into a diary which you can keep as souvenirs. You may also choose to incorporate other activities such as photography and film-making in your time as an itinerant, something that will make you resourceful to your grandchildren.
You probably may have already started your life in retirement, or maybe retirement is imminent. The choice of how to spend your resources including time in retirement should be well thought. Volunteering your resources to the society would give you an opportunity to make a difference while helping shape other people’s lives. It also puts you at a position of becoming a role model to others. On the other hand, starting a business gives you a platform to generate some income while using your skills and competencies resourcefully. Lastly, choosing to become a travel enthusiast would be such an exciting opportunity to go places you never dreamt of in your life.