Lessons for Retirement

A few notes from an early retiree, Jonathan Look, are passed on for your enlightenment. For his complete story you can check out his approach to retirement at: www.LifePart2.com. His paraphrased suggestions follow:

  • With retirement, you have more time to do things you love, but the extra time is wasted unless you are using it productively and actually living your dreams.
  • Phone or visit special people, mend fences, hug, show appreciation and be kind.
  • Money is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
  • You can’t turn back the clock so invest your time wisely.
  • Be happy in the present. People are responsible for their own happiness.
  • Do not defer your aspirations; life goes on while you are making plans. Take action to get the things you want.
  • Do things because you want to without needing to justify them.
  • The past is gone; don’t live a life of sorrow – come to terms.
  • Stop complaining, it keeps negatives at the center of your life whereas optimism has a favorable impact on your future.
  • Be satisfied; don’t let blind ambition cause you to lose sight of what is important.
  • Take care of yourself; don’t forget your own importance.
  • Expect success but remember we learn more from our failures than our successes.
  • You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.
  • Lastly, even though you are retired, you don’t have enough time for everything. Do the best you can and live your definition of a full life.

From https://www.nextavenue.org