How to carry the joy from your job into retirement?
I know...retirees all say they are so glad to be shut of that job. When asked "What do you do all day?" they answer, "What ever I want?" It all sounds so free of obligation and stress.
Then one day it occurs to them the no-stress is kind of stressful too. Lack of purpose or long days stretching out before them with nothing they want to do can be boring. This is when a retiree begins to ask themselves if retirement was such a good idea after all. Many return to work at jobs they don't really like because they don't know what else to do. That is when they need to fall back on the things that actually had them choosing their career in the first place. They need to ask themselves what it was that they liked about the job they left.
|Open the window to retirement joy!|
I fell in love with this job and learned much more than I taught. Oh, there were challenges. Children that were hyper active and those that did not speak english filled the room. Each day was full of surprises. Still, when I talk about it I always smile. I had a wonderful teaching partner that also acted as a mentor. I always knew what I loved about that job.
- I loved the research and learning.
- I loved writing curriculum.
- I loved seeing the patterns and making connections between what I learned and what I could apply in the classroom.
- I loved the creative part of the program
- I love helping parents find their way in the rearing of their children.
So this is what I think...if you are having a hard time adjusting to all that leisure, remember what you have always loved to do and do that even if it was part of your old job. A purposeful life is a happy life.