ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ready for the Next Phase of Life?

Updated on December 13, 2018
Nalini Juthani profile image

I am a retired psychiatrist working on an enjoyable and creative retirement during this next phase of life.

Introduction

Retirement is a problem for Boomers. Today life expectancy after retirement at 65 is 75 years which means we have several years left after retirement to spend whichever way we want. Retirement to be pleasurable requires work. My colleagues who are working ask me questions such as:

"What would I do during retirement"?

"How will I pass my time"?

"Will I just rot away?"

I have attempted in this article to describe how I have worked on having a creative and enjoyable retirement.

I enjoy the newly found freedom to spend meaningful, relaxed time to spend with my husband, three children and five grand children. This is a great time to pursue hobbies; some new and some old.

Change in the family structure

Fifty years ago most people lived with their elderly parents. There was always something you could do that was meaningful and you felt like you were contributing to the family
Fifty years ago most people lived with their elderly parents. There was always something you could do that was meaningful and you felt like you were contributing to the family

Traveling, Hobbies, meaningful relationships

1. Traveling is a great time to think, meditate, and see meaning of life.

2. I have hobbies which are arts, drawing and painting. I had pursued this hobby during my teenage years but as I got involved in my academic and professional pursuits, I had no time. Retirement has offered me freedom to explore how I could get back to learning as well as producing some art works that is inspiring and fulfilling.

3.Our local library is a great resource which offers lectures, classes, demonstration of art work by guest artists. I utilize this resource on a weekly basis.

4. Photography has been the love of my life. I frequently take photos of nature. The sunsets and sun rise are my favorites. They are never alike. I have taken on- line courses to learn more about i-phone photography. My iPhone photos have been wonderful which has inspired me to participate in local and county wide contests. I have won one prize, had one photo was exhibited. One of my photos received a third place in the contest. Most important thing is that I continue to be inspired to do a better job each day.

5. I have been taking writing community classes where about ten participants write, give feedback and develop camaraderie with each other. We are all different in our vocations but we share love for writing and retirement has offered me to express myself.

6. My new physical activity is hiking. I believe in having a well rounded retirement where I spend my mornings in physical activities such as going to the Gym, Yoga and hiking. Hiking also offers me to be with nature and to enjoy the company of people I have encountered through a hiking group. We are all retired and while hiking we have made meaningful relationships.

Source
I mentor and support this little girl in India so that she can receive education
I mentor and support this little girl in India so that she can receive education | Source

Fun, active, meaningful

1.Mentoring has been my passion that I developed during my academic career. I have time which I devote towards helping needy women and children. I volunteer my professional experience to help women going through life stresses leading to anxiety, and depression. I consider my self a life coach who intervenes to straighten out their thought processes, and correct their negative thinking leading to confusion.

I mentor a young girl, Sheetal in India. Through financial support, encouragement and mentorship she is able to pursue education.

2. I have taken up charity causes within the US and in India.

These activities are meaningful and I enjoy making a difference

Philanthropic activities are on my list to pursue within and outside the USA.

1. I travel to India once a year and personally visit each of the sites where I donate my time and money for children's education and health needs. I visit an orphanage which houses 30 children. It is gratifying to watch how far an American dollar can make a difference in the lives of these needy children.

2. Another project I have been involved with is to build toilets so that villagers do not have to walk miles to use outdoor open spaces. This project required me to work with the governing bodies of the villages to provide water pipes in each house. Living in America, I had taken for granted that such basic needs were probably available every where in the world.

3. In Westchester county, I visit the homeless shelters, run clothing drive and mentor teenage high school girls interested in such activities. I plan to join a church which is involved in midnight runs to distribute clothing to homeless people in the shelters.

4. I support the carving of Native American Statue "Crazy Horse" in South Dakota. My heart is in educating the native american children and help them preserve their culture. I support their museum as well as the University where Native American youngsters get higher education.

5. I am digitizing a large collection of our family photos and videos taken during last fifty years. This process brings back memories of early years spent with our young children.

7. With a group of friends, my husband and I sing Karaoke on every Friday evening.

This list is growing every day. Creative retirement is pleasurable and meaningful.

This symbol of flowers and lamp is culturally used in India to welcome people. I would like to Welcome you to the next phase of life, "The Retirement"
This symbol of flowers and lamp is culturally used in India to welcome people. I would like to Welcome you to the next phase of life, "The Retirement" | Source

Summary

So, we have "arrived"!

Retirement is here to bring pleasure and meaning to life. Those who have lived long enough to arrive at this phase of life are fortunate. Let us make the most of it.

© 2018 Nalini Juthani

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      17 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Very good start...for an article or hub. It is time for the next step...

      There are many more modules to explore. For example, you can add links to Amazon products like one of your books... or a poll module where you can ask for feedback from your readers, or you can add a link module where you can have many links related to your primary topic of retirement. Good luck.

    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Congratulations, it looks like your article is now featured.

    • Nalini Juthani profile imageAUTHOR

      Nalini Juthani 

      18 months ago from Scarsdale, New York

      That is great. Can we make changes after it is published?

    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      18 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Very nice. A few punctuation and grammer errors but overall very good for a first or second attempt at publishing on HubPages.

      What a lovely family. If you want to get this hub featured, I can help.

      Sometimes, just by editing small changes will get you featured. You have already made the basic requirements.

      The one suggestion is to change the 2nd photo.

      It may be too artistic for some...

      See you at next meeting after the year.

    • Paul Balagtas profile image

      Paul Balagtas 

      18 months ago from Philippines

      It's really necessary to have activities after retirement. Being idle may result to depression because you think you have no more purpose. There is also the possibility of physical weakness. This happened to my mother, one day she just decided to stay inside a room, and when she finally decided to get out, she is no longer her oldself due to dementia.

    • Nalini Juthani profile imageAUTHOR

      Nalini Juthani 

      18 months ago from Scarsdale, New York

      I hope that this article will inspire readers to develop their own creative retirements. Nothing can replace the unfounded freedom that retirement offers.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)