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Let's face it.

Retirement can be dangerous to our health. And for some, even fatal. That feeling of hopelessness, loneliness, and what do I do now(ness) comes too quickly after sixty.

Not to worry, though. There's always an answer. And, you're the boss. It all starts from the top, if you think about it. That's the operative word here, 'think'. Change your perspective of yourself and your situation.

Here are a few tips on doing that.

Gather yourself. Begin with who you are, what you've done, and what has brought you to where you are.

Our employment careers have created a wealth of knowledge that can perhaps benefit those just entering that industry. Certainly our life experiences have come with some nuggets of wisdom that a young and appreciative audience could use in their development.

We can make a difference by passing on some of our life's knowledge to those behind us.

Secondly, determine those areas of interest that have always attracted your attention. It may be learning how to play a musical instrument, how to paint or draw, how to utilize digital photography for making lasting photo images. Now is the time to learn something new for ourselves, to master that topic or practice, and to share that information with others as well.

In retirement, or semi-retirement we do have extra time. It should be time well spent. Learning all we can about a subject or an activity that has always captured our attention can be mastered within a relatively short time with daily (an hour or two) focus and practice.

Nothing is boring when it comes to what interests us.

Finally, explore your community organizations and corporations that seek volunteers to assist them in their endeavors. Make yourself and your experience available for use. Like our physical selves, we need to consistently exercise our mental capabilities in the form of doing. Action is needed along with our proper thinking about who we are and what we can contribute.

God bless all mothers who instilled in us at a young age the admonishment, 'make yourself useful.'

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