Help yourself while helping others.
There’s a lot of talent out there wasting away. Those of us who have left the workforce take with us many years of experience in our fields. And we have living experiences — what we’ve learned about relationships, building a career, working with others, managing our lives, and practical stuff like home care.
On top of that, there are many of us in retirement who might feel we’re not productive enough, or who just need to add a sense of purpose to their lives, and are looking for something meaningful to do. Some have the option to work — not as full time employees but as consultants, defining the job as they like. Those who don’t have that option may consider volunteering, look to their hobbies and other interests, or try to cram in a lot of travel. But there’s just so much travel you can do year in and year out. Even if you plan a long trip, like a month in Europe, you’re still left with filling 11 other months. And if you spend too much time on your other interests, they can become boring.