Your Second Chapter can be a great time to create new relationships, or nurture decades old friendships. It’s a chance to meet new people, develop strong bonds with those who share the same interests and values, and explore different experiences. Here are Lifestyle Tools to help you make the most of this special time.
CONNECT WITH GROUPS
What are activities that you really enjoy doing that you haven’t had the time to fully pursue in your career. Maybe, earlier in your career you enjoyed this activity but life, family, children got in the way. Volunteering, attending local community events, and joining clubs or activity based groups (such as a ballroom dancing or book clubs) are all great ways to meet people and build relationships. A common themed group helps those who are introverts mingle more easily. Even if you are an extrovert, these first meetings can be exhausting. You don’t have to meet everyone in the group, simply start slowly with a conversation, and feel your way forward. Ask yourself the question: Is this a group I would enjoy meeting more people, and learning more about their programs?
RETHINK YOUR VALUES
In and around retirement is a good time to rethink your values. When was the last time you thought about your values? What has changed since then? Often in a career, we take on values that are associated with our company. Now is the time to establish your personal values, as you start to expand in retirement. What matters most in your heart?
When establishing new relationships in retirement, look for qualities that align with your goals and values.
CONSIDER ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
One of the beauties of building new relationships is to consider different perspectives. Retirement can be a great time to learn and grow from the perspectives of others. Participate in conversations, listen to stories and advice, and be open to different viewpoints. A perfect example would be befriending those, whose native land isn’t America. Personally, I love learning about the ways of a different country, and how they operate. How is business there? What’s the latest “talking point.” So much fun, learning, and listening to their stories. Also, so much to be grateful for, living here in America.
HIRE MENTORS TO CONNECT YOU
Having a mentor can be a game changer when navigating through the challenges of life. Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, having someone who can offer guidance, support, and wisdom can make all the difference. Finding the right mentor ensures that you have someone you can trust and confide in, who cares about your growth and development. So don’t be afraid to seek out a mentor who can help you succeed and overcome any obstacles. Together, you can achieve great things.
Retirement is all about embracing change and exploring new opportunities. Step outside your comfort zone and see what life has to offer! By following these Lifestyle Tools, you can create meaningful and lasting relationships. With the right attitude, anything is possible. Invest in your relationships, as your connections invest in you.