Active. You must keep busy, we take care of your living accommodation, meals, beverages and care services. But you need to keep your mind and body active.
A part time job, volunteer, community service club or religious activity. The mind and body must keep active. On some resorts and Bed and Breakfast Plus properties, they have community programs that keep you busy and make you more aware of the community. Mexico has been great at many of these programs. The team members speak and understand English, and you are invited to learn Spanish, which is offered for free along with tea and coffee afternoon gatherings.
Retirement is not the end of an active life, it’s transition. You’re going from work to live and build, to work as an activity. This is if you’re a member, as a member you can stay full-time or snow-bird time. And you don’t need money to pay rent or mortgage, you don’t need money to pay for utilities, maintenance, meals, or beverages.
You will get old, it’s not a fun journey doing it on your own.
The bed you make, is the bed you sleep in. My mom always said this to me, especially when it came to friends, dating, and lifestyle choices. On a rainy, stormy Wednesday night many years ago back in Trinidad as we light candles and looked for batteries for the flashlight, as electricity kept going off and on, I asked her what she really meant when saying that sentence to me.
With a big smile and loving glow in her eyes she said. Little Mr Trouble, you must always be careful not to make stupid choices, they come back to bite you, everything you do in life cost you somehow, sometime, or something. If the bed you sleep in is not a good bed, the sleep can’t be good. The same for your friends, relationships and life.
The answer to the question of how much money you will need for retirement, depends on who you ask. We suggest you take a time-out from your work-life routine, pack light, and travel to experience food, culture, places, and people. The trap of planning your next stage of life with your work-mind, is like planning around work, and not you.
The first step turns your stomach upside-down. The fourth day of walking on the beach and deciding where to dine your stomach and mind are suddenly on loving life mode, yes you have bills and other responsibilities at home and work to attend to. Life is not interested in your plans, life runs on time, we have seen members return home after a two month time-out, and change. Their new life got active, simple, loving, and happier.