A few people have reached that elusive comfort zone where their income from assets, pensions, and Social Security is sufficient to support them without their needing to work for a living. There will always some who will achieve this state and live a relatively carefree life, but for many the achievement of this final goal marks the end of a great game and they do not flourish in a retired state.
If you view a healthy retirement as endless rounds of golf, Bridge, tennis, and cruises, I think you would be disappointed. Everyone needs a break from endless stress, but retirement can pall, just like a too-long vacation. If you are not producing anything of value, life gets very boring. Furthermore, you become much less important to everyone else and your communication lines wither away.
Men and women are as important as they can be of service to others. The happiest retirees seem to be those who actively help others. I live in a community where many thousands of the residents are well past retirement age and the happiest of these spend their days doing projects that enhance the lives of others.
These projects can include fine art or craftwork, but they can also include social activities that enrich the community living experience. We have craft fairs several times a year and I am always amazed at the beautiful work done by many self-taught residents. I am equally impressed with the organizing ability that goes into the many weekly activities that take place in this community of 8000 people. I would venture to say that the bulk of the organizing and craft work is done by those of retirement age.
In summary, there is never a point when one should stop striving for a meaningful life. You will stay physically and emotionally healthy longer if you are constantly looking for ways to help others. Your outflow of help, if done appropriately, will result in an inflow of gratification and enlightenment. It can also create income for you.
It all comes down to finding out what others need that you are willing to supply, and supplying it. All you have to do is find out what is needed and wanted. People will tell you. Just don’t make the mistake of assuming that your help is needed.
Supplying help that is unwanted is a waste of your time and is annoying to others. There is no need to get into this unfortunate situation. Help those who need your help and appreciate your help. There are plenty of those people and you will find this activity to be extremely rewarding.
Any of my retired readers care to comment? Anna Mae? Don? Judy? Harold?