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Rediscovering purpose and finding your calling in retirement

Retirement is an opportunity to embark on a new chapter in life that can be filled with possibilities, freedom, and the chance to pursue your passions. One key aspect of this transition is finding a sense of purpose that gives meaning and fulfilment to your days. While retirement may initially feel like a departure from the structure and routine of a career, it opens doors to explore new interests and make a positive impact.

Finding purpose in retirement

Here are some ways to help you with finding your purpose in retirement:

Reflect on past interests

Take a trip down memory lane and reflect on the activities and interests that brought you joy and fulfilment in the past. Did you have any hobbies, creative pursuits, or causes that resonated with you? Reconnecting with these passions can provide valuable insight about what you may want to pursue in retirement. Whether it’s painting, playing an instrument, volunteering, or mentoring, revisit your past interests and explore how you can reignite that spark.


Explore new horizons

Retirement offers the gift of time and freedom. Be open to trying new activities or hobbies you’ve always been curious about. Take classes, join clubs, or attend workshops that align with your interests. Engaging in these new experiences can open up new avenues for personal growth and help you uncover hidden passions and talents that you never knew existed.

Stoke Gifford resident Sheila Lomas’ new found love for the gym has helped her both physically and mentally. Since moving to the village she enjoys dancing, social afternoons, and helping out at a mother and baby group.

Sheila Lomas at Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

Volunteer and give back

Consider dedicating some of your time to meaningful voluntary work or contributing to a cause that resonates with you. Volunteering not only allows you to make a positive impact on other people’s lives but also provides a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Whether it’s working with a local charity, mentoring young professionals, or participating in community projects, find opportunities to give back and make a difference in the lives of others.

ExtraCare’s Volunteer Leader, Chrissie Morris says “We like to think of volunteering as a two-way street. As well as making a real difference and helping our residents, we hope to be able to give our volunteers opportunities that fulfil their aspirations. It can make a real difference to a person’s own wellbeing, it keeps people active, it is a way of meeting new friends, building confidence and reducing isolation. You can become part of a community and feel positive about making a difference to others.”


Connect and build relationships

Meaningful connections with others play a vital role in finding purpose in retirement. Seek out likeminded individuals who share your interests or passions. Join social clubs, attend community events, or participate in group activities centred around your hobbies. Building friendships can provide a sense of belonging and create opportunities for you to share your experiences with others. In the words of Oprah Winfrey, “life is better when you share it.”

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