Retirement: Making Decisions The Simple And Easy Way

Summer has officially kicked off. Nice weather, longer days and plenty of time to be outside. What did you like to do in the summer when you were a kid? Play ball, go swimming, read for fun? Figuring out what to do was simple and easy then. Now that you are considering retirement, how can you go back to making decisions the simple and easy way?

As a kid, you enjoyed long summer days with the freedom to play, be yourself and enjoy unstructured time. As a pre-retiree, you’ll have the exact the same circumstances. Why does it feel so difficult to figure out what you’ll do?

You aren’t alone in being concerned about what your retirement life will look like. Plenty of people share the feeling. Up until this point, you’ve had a certain amount of structure and routine that defined your lifestyle. Once you retire much of that goes away and just figuring out just what to do with all the time can be unnerving.

It gets even more complex once you begin thinking about living a more meaningful life in your retirement years or finding a way to give back. The inability to make decisions about what do to often causes people to do nothing. They just keep working.

Let’s go back to summer and look at how your past could decide your future.

Summer represented “free” playtime. You were just a kid. When you weren’t involved in structured, organized activities like sports leagues or school, you got to be a brilliant, smart, super hero and you did everything right. What were you curious about? What did you pretend to do? Who did you want to be? Where did you explore?  How did you play games with your friends?

What interests did you leave behind when you became an adult? Are you interested in re-visiting any of those childhood fantasies again? How could you take those early childhood interests and re-package them into your adult life?

Even though it was summer, I played school with my friends. I used chalk and erasers like a super star. Everyone who sat through my class became insanely smart. I gave up the dream to be a teacher long ago but now I teach by blogging and coaching. It’s not hard for me to figure out where my interest in ongoing education came from.

Having trouble figuring out what you want to be when you grow up? What will you do in retirement? Go back to the free and easy days of your childhood summers and see if you can find any clues.


People of all ages struggle to live a more meaningful life, but the struggle to identify a meaningful retirement is very real. Working with a certified retirement coach can help you frame what’s important to you and how to work towards it in order to find a meaningful life in retirement. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your journey and how we can help.

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