What does retirement mean to you? As a newly retired person, I looked up the dictionary meaning. Most well-respected dictionaries have a similar definition: “the act of leaving your job and stopping working, usually because you are old”
This may be the dictionary definition, but it’s not my definition. While it’s true that I have recently “retired” from a full-time position with an employer, I do not feel old, nor do I plan to be idle. To me, retirement means I have earned “the gift of more discretionary time” or simply put, “I get to do what I want, when I want!” Wow, what a gift!
I have recently “retired” from a full-time position with an employer, I do not feel old, nor do I plan to be idle. To me, retirement means I have earned “the gift of more discretionary time” or simply put, “I get to do what I want, when I want!” Wow, what a gift!
I planned for this chapter in my life and while life never goes exactly according to plan, my motto has been “live for today, but plan for tomorrow”. This means investing in myself so that I can continue to live my best life, doing what I want, when I want. So, what do I need to achieve this vision of my life? 1. Financial resources appropriate to my vision and 2. Good health.
I’ve worked hard investing in both and it has not always been easy. Over the last few years, I’ve paid more attention to investing in my health, because what good would it do to have more discretionary time if poor health robs me of what I’ve worked so hard for?
I’m grateful for my health and really try not to take it for granted, although I certainly have at times. But when I see how not investing in fitness plays out in later years, I am reminded that investing in our own health really is critical to having the best chance of living our best lives as we age. Good heart health, strong bones, balance and flexibility are so important for active aging.
I want to have the energy and strength to play with my grandchildren, to kayak, paddleboard, play golf, snowboard, snowshoe and hike for many years to come. Just like a commitment to a financial plan, it takes a commitment to invest in your health. But it is so worth it, and it doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Quite the opposite! This is where Soul Studio comes in – where investing in fitness comes complete with fun, camaraderie and the challenge to get out of your comfort zone. The result? Fitter for sure. Pride in what I’ve accomplished. Confidence to keep striving to challenge my comfort zone, not just in class, but in life! What a gift this life is. I plan to keep investing in it!