You have come a long way, baby. Remember that saying from a few years back? And as you may now be facing retirement, you certainly have come a long way. I know, I often say, been there, done that and don’t want any more T-shirts. But just because you have come this far, why stop now? What would you like to be? Do Have? Go? Become? Now is the time to stop and smell the roses and yes, then smell the lilies, the carnations, the daisies, and all the rest. Let’s begin.
There are several ways to dream. One is too make a vision board. You might even invite some friends over, bring lots of magazines, glue sticks and scissors. But don’t just start cutting out any picture.
First, spend some time, thinking or chatting with the others there, what are your retirement plans and dreams? Most want to travel when they first retire. After checking your budget, where would you like to go? Visit old friends by taking a road trip? A cruise? A trip to Paris? Dream on.
Or perhaps you would like to turn that hobby of yours into a business – as it’s always been your passion. You are probably good at what you love to do – that is a gift or talent you were given. Remember . . . . .
Your talent or gift is God’s gift to you, but how you use it is your gift to others.
Do you love animals? Volunteer at an animal shelter or with a specific breed rescue agency. They all need more help to care for abandoned dogs and cats. Perhaps even being a foster family for beautiful dogs or cats waiting for their forever families.
I always wanted to volunteer at a children’s hospital and rock babies in the pre-natal unit. Those struggling with being born with addictions, etc. due to no fault of their own. I do not have a hospital close to me, but is that really a reason not to? I need to pray about that.
How about a mission trip? To another country? Or even a neighborhood bible school in your own back yard. There are so many people in need. To be loved. Listened to. Just knowing that someone cares. Try acts of kindness – make that your life calling. The list goes on and on. Just don’t stop now.
Your later years are to be your golden years. Make them shine brightly by really thinking through. . . . what would you really like to do? Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose. Ever taken a passion quiz to dig deep into what makes your heart sing?There are many out there to help you discover YOU. Let me ask you another question. If money were no object and you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do? Money and fear prevent us from doing a long of the things we long to do or are even called to do. Money is the easy part. Check your budget. Find places you could cut back to save for that class you want to take or that book you want to write. Get a part time job and save every penny to put toward what you want to do. You’ll find the money.
But fear? Now that’s the hard part. Fear of looking silly. Fear of failing. Fear of wasting the money you just saved for this venture. Fear of anything! To get over fear, it has to start in your mind. What messages do you give yourself? Do you see yourself failing or succeeding?
Many an inventor or entreprenuer failed many times before they made it. Thomas Edison’s teachers thought he was stupid. He tried 1000 times to invent the light bulb? Did he give up? No. Walt Disney was fired from writing for a newspaper because he “had no good ideas”.
But first, find a mentor or someone who has been where you want to go. Ask to interview that person or even work with him or her, if possible. Find out all you can about whatever it is you are thinking of doing. You want to know the good stuff and the bad. All of it. Then, when you have the money, squashed the fear out of you and learned the trade, you just may be ready to embark on the very thing that lights your whole face up, every time you think of it.
And remember, one of my favorite sayings: It’s Never too Late to Begin Again.
There are many times in our lives when we will be forced to begin again – whether we want to or not. Retirement is one of those times. Since age is never an excuse or issue, what will you do? Where will you begin again? Start over. Never quit. Do what you have always dreamed of doing.
I can’t wait to hear what you have decided to do now that you’ve come a long way baby, and it’s not over yet.