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Embracing Your Second Act: Why Your Best Years Await in Retirement

Embracing Your Second Act: Active Ageing - Great Eastern Life Malaysia

Retirement, a subject that people are very fond of as it comes bundled with worry-free days and nights. Then, you might be wondering what you can do after retirement, given your new-found free time. It is a perfectly normal feeling because retirement marks the end of your day-to-day work routine. It also marks the beginning of a new chapter in life – a time of personal growth, fulfilment, and the discovery of new passions.

With your best years awaiting, there is no limit to what you can set to achieve in retirement. This includes embracing active ageing, a concept by the World Health Organisation that encourages one to seek opportunities for health, participation, and security as they age. Read on to discover some of the things you can do to make retirement interesting and exciting!

1. Redefine Retirement

Gone are the olden days when retirement simply meant endless days of rest and relaxation. The modern-day interpretation of retirement has evolved from the traditional concept of simply stopping work at a certain age and now often means transitioning to a phase of life where we have more flexibility and choices — with the key idea being to strike a balance between enjoying leisure time and staying engaged in meaningful activities for as long as one desires. In today’s digital world, especially, retirement is full of surprising adventures. With social media and online forums constantly supplying us with interesting ideas and trends, you can always pick up a thing or two. After all, you have the licence to commit to anything that you have ever dreamed of when you were still busy working, be it exploring new hobbies, giving back to the community full-time, or embarking on a globe-trotting adventure.

2. Pursuing Passions and Interests

After years of hard work and responsibilities, your retirement provides the freedom to explore passions and interests that may have been put on hold like painting, writing, singing, cooking, gardening or anything else that fulfils your soul. It's a chance to discover new facets of life and experience the sheer joy of self-reward and fulfilment.

Travelling is another great option. Be it seeing the world or going on an adventure in one of the many gorgeous vacation spots in Malaysia, travelling locally or abroad is a wonderful way to discover new experiences and cuisines. Do keep in mind that getting a travel insurance is essential to cover for emergency expenses and assistance.

3. Health and Wellness

Your health and wellness should always be your top two priorities, and even more so when you are entering your golden years. This translates into the need to maintain your physical and mental well-being, and you can start by adding exercising and meditation into your routine. While exercising and practising mindfulness can come across as seemingly simple, these activities can have a profound and uplifting effect on your ageing body, mind, and soul — especially when practised regularly.

Once it becomes second nature to you, you can increase the frequency of exercising and even look to join group activities with your friends, and this can range from Tai Chi at the park to taking part in walkathons for the challenge and thrill! Keeping yourself healthy is just one part of the solution.

4. Lifelong Learning

The classic saying “we live, and we learn” remains as relevant as ever, especially in the context of retirement. Retirement doesn't signify the conclusion of one's learning journey; instead, it's a reminder that learning is a lifelong pursuit, and with each passing day, we have the opportunity to expand our horizons and gain new insights.

If you are wondering what to do after retirement, you can occasionally learn a new skill such as pottery or sewing crafts, attend workshops on digital literacy, or even pursue online education in a field you’re interested in. Staying intellectually stimulated not only keeps the mind sharp, but also brings immense emotional satisfaction.

5. Giving Back to Society

When you were younger, life might have gotten in the way of contributing to society whether it’s due to a lack of time or energy. But now that you are retired, you’ll have all the time and opportunities you need to do so. You can give back through volunteering, mentoring, or engaging in philanthropic endeavours. It is with these actions that you can share your skills, experience, and wisdom to help the members of society grow and do better. It all starts with the first step, and once you start witnessing the changes you have made, you will find immense joy and fulfilment.

In conclusion, retirement is not the end; it's a new beginning filled with opportunities for personal growth and fulfilment. Make your retirement truly your best years by pursuing passions and interests, prioritising health and wellness, embracing lifelong learning, and giving back to society. As you plan for the exciting years ahead, do consider getting help and professional advice on retirement-focused insurance plans.

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