The newly retired are tempted to jump into a whole new world of “giving back” opportunities. Freshly freed from a daily 9-to-5 demand, they typically believe they have “all the time in the world”. The best advice is--go slow!
Here’s a formula that may help: Step 1—Consider yourself. “Give back” to you, first. Join a Gym. Get that physical. Plan day trips with friends. Carve out that time and make it sacred. Step 2—Consider your family. If you have relatives you haven’t had time to visit, go do it. Make a weekly appointment with your kids or grandkids. Plan a second honeymoon with your spouse. Step 3—Consider your talents. Have you always wanted to take up painting or model railroading? Explore new avenues of self-expression. Take a class. Read a book. Join a hobby club (quilting, woodworking, photography).
Beyond Step 3—Mankato’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development website (“Greater Mankato Growth”) is a great resource and lists over 60 civic, charitable, and special interest groups--complete with contact information. Reading the list should help you choose which commitment you'd like to add to your Retired Life.