Retiring In Style

Many lives are lived in vain and these are the lives that tend to be followed by regret. When asked about what they wished they had done earlier in life, people in their deathbeds said they wished they hadn’t worked so hard and wished they had had the courage to live a life that felt truer to them.

Luckily, it is never too late to change our habits and still early to start living a more meaningful life. With the below information and a bit of determination, you could also build that courage to make sure every step you take from now will lead to the life you always dreamt of.

retiring in style
Retire in style and spend your life’s third act doing what you have always dreamt of

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Some Ideas For Retiring In Style

Plan the trip of your lifetime

Travelling expands the mind and makes you connect with the inner self you had buried a while ago. Whilst you might think that travelling is something people in their mid twenties to early forties do, it is never too late to dream of sailing seas or hiking trails. Here is Lonely Planet’s Older Traveller Forum to provide you with the inspiration you need!

Invest in your dreamed holiday home

A pad that allows you to be closer to the sea? A second home in Venice? Perhaps an apartment in the sun? If you never thought of looking into these but have always wanted to escape to a faraway destination and make this your second home, now is the time to do some research into it. If you don’t know where to start, Ally Invest Review will help you better inform your financial decisions so you can finally own your home in the sun.

Take an online course

You used to sit and doodle whilst the news at five o’clock were playing in the background. Your family mentioned you could have been a Picasso or a Mondrian but you never had the time to dust off those brushes and sketch. With the thousands of online painting courses now available, this could be the time for you to shine! The Virtual Art Academy offers an online painting course you could take, and like them, there are many more organizations who do so. Get exploring!

Write your story (and share it with the world)

Being a writer is not easy, but it has also never been easier. With thousands of online tutorials on how to write, you too could tell your story. With years of experience behind you, all you need is some time aside and a word processor through which to share your world views and life anecdotes.

Take dancing lessons

George Bernard Shaw famously wrote “we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”. How you spend your time in retirement is entirely up to you, but dancing might be the perfect option if you wish to introduce a new routine to your life. Even if this is done past your forties, there is still time to learn new steps, so go on, put on your dancing shoes. Who knows? You might even find your perfect dancing partner!


These are only a few ideas to think about. There are all kinds of ways to engage your creativity, your inner explorer, and commitment to personal growth. Retiring in style can also include strengthening relationships and giving back through volunteering.

Retirement should be a time of passion, purpose, and interests. Not one of retreat and withdrawal. Be courageous and a little daring  by striving to live a retirement lifestyle that has no chance of regret. Make retiring in style part of your retirement plan.

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2 thoughts on “Retiring In Style

  1. Good reminder Tommy. Many times people get on auto-pilot as well as just doing what what their friends, family, and society expects them to do. They’ll keep working till 60+ just because it seems like it’s what they should be doing. It’s not all bad of course, but working full time leaves little free time and energy to make much progress in your personal goals and interests. If you love your career, great. But otherwise devoting your whole life to being a cog in the unappreciative corporate machine can lead to some regret and you can’t turn back the clock.

    1. Thanks for the comment Arrgo. I totally agree. The other side is retiring and digging yourself a rut by retreating instead of stretching ourselves to learn and do the things we have always admired. There should be no fear of failure in retirement. I believe our happiness is increased when we actively pursue a more meaningful life.

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