Do you suffer from the fear of missing out on life? FOMO is the official name standing for Fear Of Missing Out.Generally this term is used with media but life is a much better topic to apply it to. Our lives have no limitations, except for the ones you decide on. To achieve you need to believe. Only then is it possible to create the life of your dreams.
Life has no limitations except the ones you make.
I was intrigued by this quote from Les Brown. It got me thinking about how often you are prevented from doing something because you are afraid. Most of us have been afraid at some time in our lives and being afraid will stop you in your tracks. Some are afraid of failure, of not making a good impression, of losing money, of hurting themselves.There is an endless list of reasons to not do something. By being afraid you are putting limitations on what you can achieve in your lifetime.
As you enter retirement you finally have the most of that very thing that has been eluding you in your busy life - time.You also have choice. When you put these two commodities together you can achieve anything. This is the time to challenge yourself, to take up new projects, to start new learning endeavours and to indulge those interests, those passions that have been eluding you for most of your busy working life.
For me personally this consisted of joining Townsville Toastmasters three years ago. I wanted to learn how to become a better speaker and Toastmasters was recommended. In the last three years I have learned how to speak but I have also learned a whole lot more. I have learned how to organize and prepare a speech, how to give an impromptu speech, how to value the time allocation to a speech, how to listen and give feedback to others, how to mentor a fellow member, how to take on leadership projects and how to delegate.I have been able to run successful educational forums for the Retirement Group I belong to with the skills I acquired through attending Toastmasters.
Volunteering in your community is a wonderful way to pass the time, and the added bonus is passing on the skills you spent so much time building during your life time. A friend my age, wanted to learn how to play Mar Jong.Another, an elderly lady at my Mum's retirement village had been playing for years so I was able to put them in touch with each other and my friend is now learning under the guidance of a lady in her 80's. What an incredible experience!
I truly believe that maintaining happiness in retirement depends on living a worthwhile life. When we have a sense of purpose we happily go about our daily lives. Don't put limitations on your life. There are so many ways you can happily contribute to your community at any age. The benefits are shared and you walk away feeling good at what you can achieve for others as well as yourself.
I am happy now that I know how to achieve anything you want. It gives me the confidence to take on many new projects.