Retirement is a part of one’s life that’s often compared to a speeding train suddenly forced to come to a full stop. The sound is deafening as the wheels make a screeching sound against the rails. Momentum is abruptly broken, and the cruising speed you once were on has changed in ways you never imagined.
But that’s probably the picture of retirement for someone who has not prepared mentally and emotionally for it. A professional career and family life can take its toll on any person, and in the midst of a busy schedule, one may not have time for it. To put things in perspective, preparing for retirement isn’t just about building a retirement fund, or setting aside money for health emergencies. It’s also about readying the mind for a major change in your life.
“What will I do when I retire?” This is a common question asked by those who are nearing retirement age. Instead of simply being resigned to your fate, take a proactive stance to make retirement the best stage of your life! Don’t fall into the trap of self-pity, or worse, depression. Retirement may still be several years down the road, but it’s never too early to start preparing for it by thinking positively, and enumerating in your mind the many things you can look forward to during retirement.