How does passion play a role in the lives of retirees?

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You've heard people talk about "finding their passion in life," like those who have an intense, heartfelt feeling about something, be it a line of work that connects emotionally with people, animals or a special cause.

Also there are creative artistic outlets such as writing, painting, quilting or playing a musical instrument.

As the circle of life spins into the senior years, many folks find the potential to possess a "passionate mindset" difficult to actualize. Think about yourself. What are you truly "passionate" about?

Did you come up with anything? Consider these possibilities:

Were you passionate about your line of work and specifically the role you played in other people's lives? Can that feeling be captured and repeated as a volunteer?

Are you passionate about your health? If not, you might think about how you'll deal with the challenges of aging. Remember, it might be the hardest thing you ever have to do.

Possibly, passion can be initiated with the introduction to new outside interests. Social activities, like bridge or mahjong, as well bocce, tennis, golf, etc., can provide new challenges that rev up the competitive juices, and before you know it, passion is part of your life.

A couple of thoughts to ponder:

  • What if you were truly passionate about your work? What if you didn't have to retire? What if you could work as long as you wanted to?

You'd receive a much higher Social Security check down the road, and you'd have more savings to enjoy during your retirement. Then, you would most likely have a plethora of choices when it comes to where you live and what you can do.

  • What if you dedicated an hour a day to an exercise regimen that includes walking, strength training and stretching? It's not that complicated, and we all can find an hour a day to make ourselves healthier.

If you are passionate about your health, you know how good you feel. See if you can make a friend feel the same way about his or her health.

  • Can you be "passionate" about relationships with people outside your family?

If you truly want to prosper during your retirement years, actively maintain those longtime friendships but also seize the opportunity to create new ones. Socialization is a critical component to good health.

If you think your "passion tank" is running a little low, maybe it's time for a passion fill-up.

Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. www.TheSeabrook.com

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