Because if you don’t, well, you’re totally getting S-C-R-E-W-E-D that’s for sure!!! Translated…
My friend, along with the principals from her age group, when meeting up with me, they’d always asked me about my retirement: what I’d been up to? And I didn’t know how to answer them.
Before I retired, people would tell me, that before I retire, I should plan out my retirement, but I believed, that making plans would be ineffective in dealing with the changes, plus, you might not get to carry through with your plans anyhow, so, before I retired, I never really had any plans at all. And now, I’d still believed, that you don’t necessarily have to have a full plan after the retirement, but at least, you must be mentally prepared for it, otherwise, when the time came, you would be without focus. Retirement is a huge change in life that’s for certain, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly either, otherwise, if you had maladjustments afterwards, there would be NO turning back for you.
My experiences of being retired for three and a half years told the younger coworkers, that working is stressful, but, if it’d gone smoothly, they should work longer when they could, otherwise, after the retirement, there’s NO stable source of income anymore, and if there’s need for huge expenses in the households, then, it would cause you to get stressed out internally. And, if you didn’t have discipline or a strict schedule, without a second career option, you’d lost focus, and that, would prove to be problematic to you as well.
I may not be completely satisfied with my own retirement, but, because my father had a few patches of fields left behind, I could live out my retirement as a spare time farmer. Sometimes, when I have nothing to do, I’d taken up my paintbrush, or to tap around on the piano keyboards, and, all of these activities added color to my retirement.
So, from this, you can see, how IMPORTANT it is, for you, to establish your hobbies, PRIOR to your retirements, because if you start thinking about taking up hobbies AFTER you’d retired, you’d realize how much SPARE time you have on your hands that you don’t know what to do with.