If you’re a baby boomer, then you should be either enjoying or preparing to enjoy retirement. You’re the generation of hard work and large gains, and now it’s time to reap the benefits and leisure of a life well-lived.
Retiring from work doesn’t mean that you have to retire from living as well. There’s still plenty to see and experience, and what better time to do that than at the pinnacle of your life? You finally have time to do those things you’ve always wanted to do. You may not be able to add years to your life, but you can certainly add life to your years. Keep reading to get some tips to help you lively up yourself.
Treat yourself to some of the finer things in life
By this point in your life, you probably have children, grandchildren, and maybe even some great-grandchildren. That means you’ve spent a lot of your time providing for, spoiling, and taking care of others. Now is the time to spoil yourself a little.
There are some excellent products and gadgets out there for baby boomers that offer style, comfort, entertainment, and function. Online sources like boomerbuyerguides.com rank and review new products that boomers will love. Why shop around when you can let someone else do it for you?
Treat yourself with the gadgets you’ve always desired and clothing that will express your mature and fine sense of style. You’ve earned the right to do some binge-shopping.
Buy a new car
If you haven’t bought a new set of wheels in a while, then what are you waiting for? After a lifetime of working, you deserve to reward yourself with your dream car.
One of the great things about the stage of life baby boomers are in is that you probably have a lot of your major investments — like homes and vehicles — paid for. You may be reluctant to pick up another monthly bill such as an auto loan, but you may be able to find a car within your budget if you go to an auction.
An auto auction is a great way to find a used or repossessed car at a steeply discounted price. If you’ve been saving and investing for retirement, then you may not even need to take on a new loan to get a stylish, loaded automobile for leisurely drives.
Take up painting
Staying active isn’t all about what you do with your body — it’s equally important to exercise your mind. Even if you never suffer from dementia, aging still has adverse effects on the brain. The best way to stave off the deterioration of your mental functions is to continue to work your brain.
One of the most enjoyable ways to exercise your mind is painting. Painting has been shown to increase creativity, hand-to-eye coordination, and stress-relief in seniors.
Many restaurants are starting to offer paint nights or wine and paint events. These are a great way to meet new friends and maintain your youthfulness.
Start a business
Reaching retirement age doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to retire. Many people like to work until they can’t any longer. If you’re one of the boomers who aren’t quite ready to “hang up their cleats,” then you should consider opening a business of your own.
Many people don’t go into business for themselves until their in their 50s or older. So, if you think you’re too old to become an entrepreneur, then you’re wrong. The most important thing is to find something that you’re passionate about that people will pay for — that’s the main key to success in business.
Of course, you do need some capital to go into business for yourself — but if you’re not planning on retiring, then tap into your retirement fund. You will also be able to qualify for a small business loan if you have a decent credit history.