Retirement Is Not A Fairy Tale Ending

Get over the idea that retirement will be nothing but rainbows and sunshine. While it’s great to dream that retirement will be the best time in your life, it might not be. So, be realistic and view it just as another life stage and you’ll be happier. Retirement is not easy. Retirement is not a fairy tale ending to a long work career. There’s no magic bullet that turns retirement into a happily ever after type of situation.

After all, retirement represents yet another stage of life. And, like with everything else in life, there will be highs and lows. You’ll love some of it but not all of it. Enter into your retirement with the expectation that you’ll appreciate it for what it is and that you’ll do all that you can to enjoy it.

Living well in retirement requires effort and planning. Yes, it’s great to wake up and know the day is yours for whatever. Tackle the to do list, go for a walk, read, hang out online, go for coffee.  Plan to do that for a while and enjoy the feeling of every day being a Saturday.   Eventually you’ll want to know just “what’s next.”

It’s empowering and just a  little scary once you understand that figuring out what you’ll do in this stage of life is totally under your control. Because, the only person judging how well you adjust to retirement and how meaningful you make it is you. You won’t get a retirement report card or performance review. You won’t a gold star or smiley face for creating a successful retirement.

Without anyone to answer to except yourself, you may decide to give up and just let things happen. As a result, if you do nothing to plan for this new life stage, don’t be surprised if your retirement begins to feel disappointing. You start to second guess your decision to retire in the first place. Maybe you should have just kept working? What’s up? You find that retirement is not a fairy tale ending.

Your retirement satisfaction and discovering your personal “what’s next” depend on designing a workable retirement plan. Work on a plan with Retirement Style. Schedule time to talk about all changes that you’re likely to encounter in retirement. In addition, you’ll identify the things that you’d like to do with your time.  Directed conversations with Retirement Style will focus your attention on designing a retirement lifestyle that supports what’s important to you.   

Planning for retirement addresses social, physical, and emotional aspects that are new and often unexpected. You can handle these as they come up or get some guidance to help prepare you in advance for what changes are likely to come your way.  Retirement Style offers advice for dealing with the changes retirement brings. Use Retirement Style as your personal assistant to help you identify and create plans for a retired lifestyle that is uplifting and meaningful. In the end,  you need to do all that you can to make every day of retirement the best it can be.


Many readers find themselves stuck in planning for retirement. Retirement Style offers a number of resources, including our 30 Day Journaling Challenge, to help you get unstuck in working towards your best retirement. If you would like to speak to a certified retirement coach about your personal journey, please contact us.

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