Retirement is the perfect time to try unfamiliar hobbies, have new experiences and continue learning. While these prospects might sound exhilarating, they can also be scary. The fear of the unknown and the worry that can arise from possible failure might stop you before you even begin.
We're often happy living in our comfort zone because we know what to expect and things are easy here. But as historian Thomas Fuller noted, "All things are difficult before they are easy."
Just because something new is hard at first, doesn't mean you should avoid it or give up. Think back on your life: Before you became an expert in your chosen profession or successful in a hobby, you had to go through a learning process. Chances are you experienced challenges during this time, especially in the beginning when it was brand new to you. You persevered and it got easier.
The same energy and dedication can be applied to fresh adventures in your independent living community. Whether it's making new friends, learning an instrument or taking up knitting, remind yourself that it's OK if it's difficult at first. If you stick with it, it will become easier, and you'll have the satisfaction of developing a skill or making a friend.
Some seniors may feel like old age is not the time for new experiences, but if you've always enjoyed active living, then getting older shouldn't change that for you. In fact, now that you have more free time, it's the perfect opportunity to devote time to yourself, especially if there's something you've always wanted to try but didn't have the chance to before.
Give yourself permission to keep exploring life, but remember to be patient and take your time to overcome any challenges that may arise on this journey.
Kelley D. Hamilton