Feeling Necessary at 55+
I am retired and the kids are grown and gone, what now? How come I feel that something is missing in my life? Retirement is not what I thought it would be. I have to do something productive or I will go crazy! I know I can still make a difference, but I don’t know what I can do or how!
Does this sound like your life? Are you in a place where you want to feel needed still? You can do so much more in your later years!! What do you love to do? What have you always loved to do? What are your hobbies? Painting, gardening, how about learning something new, working with kids, helping other seniors, what are your strengths? The list goes on and on!
According to society when we age we are sickly, weak, sedentary–not a good image. Guess what?! It is a myth. We do not need to buy into that scenario. We can be fit, healthier, stronger, and happier. It all depends on your mindset! The aging Boomer population, as an example, is healthier, active, more educated, financially secure, then any other generation. They are working longer into their “retirement” years, but not necessarily in what they have done their whole career. Now is the time to explore new possibilities. Figure out what you really want to do and go for it! There are volunteering opportunities, a part time job, start your own business, start or work for a non-profit, take a class, teach a class, whatever you want to do! We want to be valuable and still make a difference in society. We have the knowledge to share and the willingness to share it! We want to feel needed and valued! As long as there is breath in us and we wake up each morning, we still have a purpose.
Check out your community for activities for active adults and see what peaks your interest. Join your local YMCA or a local gym to keep your body physically fit. Meet other active adults in your community and participate in fun activities. Do what you want to do! Live the joyful, meaningful life you desire and deserve by finding your purpose. You still have one that is why you are still here! Discover it and go for it.