Retirement can be the best time of your life. After working hard for more than 40 years, juggling a job around raising your family and other commitments, it’s finally your time. Time to take for yourself. To do what you want to, to take your time, to enjoy your family, to travel, to learn, and to do those things that you’ve always dreamed of.
Many people, however, chose to use their precious retirement to try an encore career, to go back to school or even to start their own business. They’ve finally got the time they’ve always wanted, and they chose to use it either working or studying. To some, this might seem ridiculous.
But, there are some awesome reasons to go back to school in later life. Here’s a look at some of them.
To Keep Your Mind Young
Retirement isn’t always what we want it to be. We dream of having lots of free time to relax and enjoy. Then, we find that we’re bored, we lack focus and interest. This can start to affect your health. It’s not uncommon to find that shortly after relaxing into retirement, your memory begins to suffer. You may forget little details, find yourself repeating things, or find that you are starting to forget where you’ve put things or people’s names. To some extent, this is a normal part of aging and something that you simply have to deal with. But, there is a lot that you can do to keep your mind young and alert for as long as possible.
Going back to school, perhaps to study an operations management degree online is just one of these things. It gives your mind focus and exercise. Other things that could help include learning a new language, spending time doing new things and going to new places, reading and doing puzzles, or doing simple tasks with your opposite hand. Think of it as exercise for your mind, just like you exercise your body.
To Keep Your Body Young
Speaking of exercise, going back to school can help your body as much as your mind. Many people find that in retirement they start spending much more time sitting at home. Going back to school gets you out of the house and moving more.
To Make New Friends
One of the most significant disadvantages of getting older is that everyone else is too and that it’s only natural that you might lose some friends as they become ill or pass away. Retirement can be terribly lonely, especially if you are used to working around people, or don’t have family nearby. Going back to school, even to do a short course at your local library or community centre gives you a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
To Learn New Skills
Of course, when you go back to school, you’ll learn about your chosen subject. But, that’s not all you’ll learn. You’ll develop computer skills. You’ll learn more about modern technology. You’ll learn how to organise your time, and you’ll improve your writing and communication. There’s a lot to gain by going back to school.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.