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Re: What is a Meaningful Retirement and How do I know if I am having one?

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I guess this is a real hot topic for you.  I was looking for insights on how other's managed their retirement to help me.  If enough people responded, I was going to recap and post for others that are interested.  

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Thank you so much for your wonderful response.  I thought that any volunteer experience would be good, but not so,  I am copying your response to file so I can revisit it in 6 months to see if I have taken the right steps.  If you would like to share the "how" I did it I would appreciate it. Again, thanks. 

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@KayeS262390 wrote:

Hello, I have been retired, not by choice, for about 3 years.  We are financially good so that is fine.  I am volunteering and honestly life is pretty good.   

 

What I have always wanted to know is what I am doing meaningful, should I volunteer more/less?  While I was working, I always thought that volunteering = meaningful.  I am not entirely sure that is the answer but I also don't know what the questions are!!!

 

I was wondering - what does meaningful mean to other retirees?  If I get a responses - I will try to recap and post.

 

Appreciate your input.  


OK  question,  recap and repost what?  What other people think a "meaningful" retirement is?  That is like asking what a "good" retirement means to someone.  That is  a totally personal evaluation and I don't see any value in it? and I am wondering why you do.  Wouldn't it be better time spent deciding what is important and meaningful to you?  Life is not a contest to see who is living a more meaningful or better life.  That is a strictly personal evaluation.  

 

So how do you determine whether you want to volunteer and where and whether it is doing any good and whether you are getting any satisfaction or joy from it?

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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@KayeS262390, Hello, Kaye! Thank you for initiating this conversation.  I retired three years ago by choice --I was BORED to the Teeth!!!  Anywhoo, my retirement experience is ever evolving.  In just three years, so much has changed in my life.  The retirement lifestyle that I had planned for was no longer viable--I had already outgrown it/evolved from my original plans. I just didn't realise it until I retired.  I was lost for a while until I had a courage-for-truth moment.  

I've volunteered and supported organizations/causes all my life and when I retired, I looked forward to doing more of the same.  That was a BIG mistake!  Just because I had more time didn't mean that I should volunteer more. Huge learning experience.  Fortunately, I've always been an exceptional student. As more and more demands on my time started wearing on me (emotionally and physically) I had to finally accept that I had allowed MY retirement to be hijacked by others. I took a break from the demands--all forms of communication.  Quality over Quantity is what I decided was best use of my time/LIFE for volunteer commitments.  I now only volunteer on projects that I know will have the results and meaningful experience worthy of my precious and valuable time.  I'm now on some Red Pencil lists and don't get invited to certain events anymore.  Surprisingly, I don't miss them.  Who knew?

My retirement lifestyle is more meaningful than ever because I 'm constantly re-evaluating what I really want to get out of my volunteer experience.  Volunteering my expertise, time and money is great for those receiving, but, I now know that I have to benefit from it as well.  When I experience that sense of "I helped make this happen" and "it was worth every effort I expended"...I know it's meaningful.

 

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Hello, I have been retired, not by choice, for about 3 years.  We are financially good so that is fine.  I am volunteering and honestly life is pretty good.   

 

What I have always wanted to know is what I am doing meaningful, should I volunteer more/less?  While I was working, I always thought that volunteering = meaningful.  I am not entirely sure that is the answer but I also don't know what the questions are!!!

 

I was wondering - what does meaningful mean to other retirees?  If I get a responses - I will try to recap and post.

 

Appreciate your input.  

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