No matter the age, it’s never too late to start fresh. Whether you’re looking to wipe your slate clean or branch out into a new hobby, doing so after a certain age can be scary. Reinvention isn’t a fast process; it takes time to devote yourself to starting new.
Before starting off on a new journey, take time to collect yourself and your thoughts. Get to know what you really want for yourself and where you want to be in the next one, two, or ten years. Think about what you don’t like about your current life and how you could go about changing those things. By taking time to evaluate yourself, you can set specific goals for change that are much more manageable than a vague longing for reinvention.
Be patient with yourself and the small steps you’ll take towards a new goal. Small steps make up big leaps and knowing that will make you less like to make hasty, impatient decisions regarding your future. Don’t hesitate to reach out to family and friends to create a support group. Change is hard, whether you’re moving or doing a 180 degree life switch. Having someone to support you and listen is one of the most valuable assets in working towards a new life.
In the hustle and bustle of life, don’t forget to say thanks for all that you are fortunate enough to have. When everything is going wrong or seemingly coming to an end, it’s crucial to take a moment to truly appreciate who and what is around you. Not just because it refocuses you on the positives, but because practicing gratitude has many benefits to your overall mental health.
The easiest way to practice gratitude is to start a gratitude journal. This can be as informal as jotting down a few things you’re grateful for each day or each week. But feel free to dive deeper and elaborate on what you appreciate, cherish, and love about what you have, both physically and emotionally. With regular practice, many feel an overall shift in their attitudes, and feel more positive about their lives.
If you ever find yourself unable to center yourself around gratitude, start as small as being grateful for the food on your table. Think about those who have helped you in the past or recently. Give thanks to these people by spending time with them or sending a note. Living a grateful life does wonders for not only your happiness, but those around you, too.
Without the regular scheduling demands of a job, life after retirement can begin to feel mundane or at the very least unstructured. How do you find inspiration in how to occupy your days? With so much free time, it’s difficult to know where to begin. If you’re struggling in finding inspiration, start by spending more time with friends and family. This can be people your age or younger, who can energize your day and challenge you to keep up. Many who spend time with grandkids find the childhood creativity inspiring, even if they’re just making macaroni necklaces together.
Explore creative opportunities around you. Libraries and city centers often host free or low-cost classes in drawing, writing, or even finance. Explore some hidden talents you may have, whether it be knitting or square dancing. Libraries host book clubs, too, if reading is something you’re passionate about and love sharing with like-minded individuals. Gather inspiration and energy in moving towards improving a new skill.
There are thousands of inspirational materials, from quote calendars to books, that can kickstart your energy and motivate you to try something new or travel. Think about what sort of environments most energize you or make you feel most productive. Does taking long walks in nature rejuvenate you? Or do you love the hustle and bustle of your local coffee shop? Whatever it may be, spend time in these places and center yourself in each moment.
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