What is a Simple Retirement?
It's about being content with who you are, where you are and what you have!
Baby boomers are often surrounded by friends who have great plans for their retirement of travelling or retiring overseas when all they want to do is to carry on their lives as they are now but without the pressures of the 9-5 toil of work.
Some babyboomers have to opt for a simple retirement because of their financial situation, others are happy with what they already have.
Whatever the reason, it can still be rewarding and fulfilling.
Remember this wonderful poem by William Henry Davies?
What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep, or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
A simple retirement gives us the time to stand and stare at nature's beauty. No longer clock watching waiting for the day's work to be over.
A simple retirement allows for all of this and more.
Retirement can be the best time of our life if we are content with our lot.
However retirement doesn't mean that we allow ourselves to stagnate and have no purpose in life. The key to staying healthy and young at heart is to have an active retirement with plenty of interests and social activities.
If you find that time is weighing heavy and you're missing the social contact of work colleagues try and expand your horizons with new interests and hobbies.
Life is for living even in retirement.
A simple retirement can give us the time to help our neighbours and friends when they are in need. Tremendous fulfillment can be gained by volunteering to help out causes that are dear to our heart.
It could be helping in the local charity shop or visiting the sick and housebound.
If you love pets but perhaps can't afford one of your own you can even become a 'Dog Walker'.
There are so many opportunities to do some volunteering, either giving your time, or sharing the knowledge and skills that you have developed throughout your life.
Volunteering to get involved in some commumity charity work can lead to new friendships and interests.
Baby boomers can use their retirement to take up hobbies and interests which during busy working lives had to be abandoned because of lack of time, or better still take up new ones.
There are so many things available to us whether we are a budding artist, an author, a train enthusiast, a golfer or tennis player or a quilt maker. Get out there and join clubs and make new friends.
Most of all a simple retirement is being happy and content at what we've achieved so far, and being comfortable with where we are and who we are now.