In life, it’s very easy to put yourself on-rails. What does this mean? Well, it means that after a while, you might come to know what you like. This means that every day, you might focus on the same habits and activities, or keeping up with certain disciplines, or enjoying certain things you enjoy. There is nothing wrong with this. However, there is a risk. Over time, we can begin to limit ourselves and stop taking risks in life. This can make us feel a little bored over time, or it can artificially keep us away from things we haven’t tried yet. That’s never good, because there may be so much out there you could love anew.
So, where do you start from here? Well, it can be nice to review what kind of lifestyle suits you best from time to time. We all change as we get older, and so trying new hobbies, meeting new people or challenging ourselves as appropriate can be a great way forward. Let’s see what that might mean in practice:
Umbrella activities are activities that give us a direction, but can also be classified in many ways. You might also label this as a discipline. For instance, it might be that you get into arts and crafts in your retirement, something that can give you untold hours of joy and creative exploration. This might involve learning fun hobbies such as knitting, or learning to paint with watercolors, or simply spending time with people who mean something to you in the local pottery house. Umbrella activities, no matter if it’s teaching language and learning another, or volunteering, or activism, can help you sustain yourself with a range of positive activities that nourish you throughout life – and they’re just wide enough to help introduce you to other considerations, too.
Taking Some Time
It can be nice to take some time to reflect on what we’ve experienced and how we’re going to use that to inform our future action. For instance, it might be that now you’re coming to the end of an illustrious career managing restaurants, you think that opening your own in the future could be worth your time. This might involve spending a couple of years researching, planning, eating out in countries abroad, learning the depth of what makes a culture tick and how you could spend time enjoying and presenting it. This helps you feel like a better and more informed person, while also giving you a direct goal, and the time it takes to lay the groundwork.
It’s okay to have a natural predisposition towards some activities and some lifestyles. It’s healthy to challenge ourselves, but it can also be comforting to sit into what we know and to do so without apology. It might be that you love nothing more than the idea of visiting a smoking shop, ordering a coffee at your local cafe, and writing a few short stories on your laptop. Don’t be afraid to orbit all other elements of your life around that which really does give you happiness. Sometimes, people need to feel permitted to do so.
Your Future Lifestyle
When you are thinking about your lifestyle, you should also think about what you want your future lifestyle to be. Do you want to look at ERL Retirement Villages? Downsize your home? Do you want to travel? Do you want to be mortgage-free? Do you know how much you need annually to live off? There is no right or wrong time to figure these out, but, of course, the sooner you start to plan the sooner you can rest easy knowing you have something to work towards.
With this advice, we hope you can find the lifestyle that really does suit you best.