What Excites You?

It seems to me that one of the great opportunities of Retirement is the opportunity of redefining our lives, to look to design a life that works for us.  I used to think that the basis of a successful life was focused on goal setting and achieving.  I became a really good goal setter and then became a really awful person to be around as I worked endlessly to achieve those goals.  As I have gotten older, wiser and, hopefully, more mature, I am setting aside the need for goals.  Yes, I need to get things done - but I am now focusing more on the process and what excites me. 

Retirement is a time when we can reflect on what really gives us motivation and energy.  I have started playing oboe again.  I could not believe how excited I was to open up an oboe case, put together the instrument and play again for the first time in 30 years!  I was amazed at how easily it all came back to me. I found that I could get a nice sound again and it was fun just to play simple tunes and exercises again.  Not to be the professional musician, but just to experience the joy relearning something that has been a big part of my past.

Each of us have those things which give us joy and excite us.  The tremendous opportunity of retirement is designing a life around the people, experiences and activities that give us joy.  We can even find ways of making a bit of money out of those things that give us joy that enhance our self-sufficient retirement.  

Take a few moments today, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea; take a pencil and paper and write down 20 things that give you joy.  Over the next week, what are three of those things that you can do that contribute to your excitement

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Some things that give me joy:
  • listening to good music
  • reading a good book
  • enjoying a glass of good wine
  • cooking pizza
  • meeting an old friend
  • watching a rose bush grow
  • watching a beautiful sunset
  • learning a new software program
  • painting botanical art

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