When it comes to retirement, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all.” That’s good, because retirees are a diverse group. Some prefer a quiet life, while others want to ‘let it all hang out’ like they couldn’t do while they were working or raising a family. With a little research and outreach to like-minded souls, you can get the most from your retirement.
Set Some Goals.
As a retiree, you may think you have achieved all your goals. Not so. Assess yourself and your life and set some new targets. Maybe you want to start a community newsletter – set a date for your first issue. Want to visit every state in the Union? Set up a timeline. Even smaller goals like organizing all your family photos are worthwhile and attainable.
Always wanted to learn how to paint? Or maybe you think it would be cool to learn the tango? This is the time to do it. Even if you decide a new activity is not for you, trying novel activities adds a spark to your life. And who knows where your Salsa Dance or Photoshop I classes might lead?
Junior colleges and local community centers often offer non-credit classes, both serious and fun.
Scores of opportunities may be available even in your own community:
- SCORE. Previously known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, this group is now just known as SCORE. This non-profit organization works with the U. S. Small Business Administration to provide mentoring services to small business owners. Some services are free, while others are offered at a low cost. If you own or owned a business, volunteer and share your skills and experience with new entrepreneurs.
- Junior Achievement. Volunteers with JA share their personal experiences as entrepreneurs with business-minded students.
- Charitable organizations. If you are associated with a religious organization, look for opportunities to volunteer as a teacher, organizer, or general helper. Helping others can add a richness to your retirement.
- Community centers. Many cities, like Chandler, maintain community centers offering special events, recreation, and classes for citizens. And those centers often need volunteers to keep their programs going. Check out your local community centers. Take a class or two. Volunteer. And grow your network of friends and acquaintances as an added bonus.
Do Your Own Thing!
Retirement doesn’t have to be spent sitting around playing canasta with friends – unless that’s what you want to do. If so, go for it!
We hope you will take this opportunity to sit down with us and discuss your legal questions or concerns. Attorney Francisco Sirvent and his staff have the experience and tools to help you find success in retirement. Give us a call at (480) 418-8448 or get a head start by checking out the free videos on our website, keystonelawfirm.com.