How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor
by Ernie Zelinsky
Some of his section titles: [selected to reaffirm this blog’s intent]
Create a new identity because your old one won’t do.
Work at something that is not so much a job, but a fun thing to do.
Reclaiming your creative spirit will put joyful purpose into your retirement life.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of sitting around.
Don’t leave this world with songs unsung that you would like to sing.
Greetings fellow creators.
The title of this piece says it all.
Author and artist Malaka Gharib shares these tips:
Set an Extremely Tight Deadline She suggests a word count or a time limit.
Take Advantage of How Little Time You Have.
When You Don’t Know Where to Start, Look Around. Okay, go ahead, call it ‘eavesdropping’ or ‘spying’. Hey, no malice intended. You’re just trying to be an artist!
Draw On Your Memories (Or Just Draw Your Memories) Think of how evocative the old family album can be. Tap the power of those photos in your mind.
Creative retirees, if you’re into writing and need a little boost to get your projects going, and keep them going, take a look at this short component of my prewriting course.
More suggestions from this list that I’ve shared on my Word Inventions blog .
From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
[Note: The Zen Habits link alone should carry you through years of creative reinvention.]
Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
Do you have any tips to share?
I’ve shared selections from this list on my Word Inventions blog .
Let’s see if any of these resonate with you.
From Jody Cleghorn of Write Anything. [This site is now closed, but the content remains online as an archive.]
Make up the rules for what you want to produce.
Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes. [Substitute ‘paint’, ‘sculpt’, ‘cook’, for ‘write’.]
Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing. [Good advice, but I’m guilty of taking this a little too far. Make it manageable.]
I appreciated this article on LifeHack.com. Perfect for retirees.
It not only gave me some new ideas on how to enjoy these years, but it reaffirmed the following:
#1 : Take a walk through the park speaks to my penchant for wandering.
#6: Learn how to bake. So much comfort and with a few of these skills, so many opportunities to not only fill your days, but to brighten someone else’s.
#7: Build something with your hands. To quote the author Grace Ghazarian: “There’s an innate need to create in all of us.”
#14: Try a new food. Oh yeah. Food is perhaps the easiest venue to an opportunity to ‘try new’.
And, on this Memorial Day 2019,
a hearty nod of gratitude to those who gave their lives so we can savor a life of freedom and opportunity.