Retirement is something we often look forward to later in life. It's not called your “golden years” for no reason. With retirement comes a new level of freedom and relaxation that you have never known before. What are you going to do with your life once retirement creeps up on you? Hearing a few good retirement quotes from retirees could help spark an idea in your mind.
Regardless of your plans for these last decades of your life, every retiree could use a few pick me ups, jokes, and encouragements in their life. Here is a list of the best retirement quotes to inspire you on your new journey.
If you are having one of those days where you don't know what to do with yourself, look back on these retirement quotes to brighten your day.
1. Think of Retirement As a New Adventure
Think of retirement as not just an end to something, but a new beginning. Retirement is time to explore and enjoy the life that you have made for you and your family. Take that trip you've always wanted to go on or do something crazy. Now is your time!
2. Take Naps
“I've been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They're called naps.” – Merri Brownworth
All of your busy days throughout your working years will become worth it. During retirement, you can take all the naps that you wanted to while you were working, but couldn't.
3. Retire to Something Else
“Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
In order to keep away from boredom, you have to have things to retire to. Whether that's spending time with family, traveling, gardening, golfing or reading you need things to keep you occupied.
4. Work at Living
For all of those years before retirement, you were so busy with work. Now as a retiree you have the freedom to just enjoy life and work on simply living.
5. Enjoy Every Day Off or Not (Depending on Your Perspective)
“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” – Abe Lemons
With retirement, you get the benefit of having every day off from working. However, having no days off from retirement also comes with the new title “retiree”. Either way, you look at it, you're retired and should enjoy every day as it comes.
6. Do Nothing Without Getting Caught
“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.” – Gene Perret
Throughout your working years, you have probably had days where you feel unproductive. After retiring you can be as useless as the “g” in lasagna without a worry in the world.
7. Do You Have Life in Your Years?
Everyone who retires has years to their life. What you have done with those years is what really actually matters. Your age is just a number, but your life leaves a legacy.
8. Retirement is Tiring
“Retired is being tired twice, I've thought, first tired of working, then tired of not.” – Richard Armour
After all, it isn't called re(tire)ment. Whether you keep yourself busy or you are tired of doing nothing, finding your groove is so important. Do what makes you happy, even if it means being a couch potato every now and then.
9. Be Young Again
“Stay young at heart, kind in spirit, and enjoy retirement living.” -Danielle Duckery
You've grown older, but that doesn't mean you have to act older. Retirement is your time to be young again. Be carefree and silly during these years.
10. Play Golf. Find a Hobby
Any golfers out there know that the game isn't relaxing all the time. Finding a hobby to challenge and keep you busy is a great way to go through your golden years.
11. Happy on a Monday
“What do you call a person who is happy on a Monday? Retired.” -Anonymous
No more Monday Blues for you if you are retired. There's something about Mondays the working world does not like. Retirees, what's your excuse?
12. Dream a New Dream
“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Just because you are retired doesn't mean that you have to stop dreaming. Now's the perfect time to set new goals and be a dreamer once again.
13. Journey and Enjoy Retirement
Find your new lifestyle in retirement and enjoy it. Go on a road trip you've always wanted to go on. Go out there and embark on a new journey.
14. Buy a Car
“My retirement plan is to find a shopping cart with good snow tires.” – Patty Doyle
There's no better time than retirement to purchase that baby blue 69′ Ford Mustang Convertible. Ok, it doesn't have to be that exact car, but you get the point. If you can, buy your dream car. It will make your retired years fun.
15. Marvel at the Life You Built
“Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.” -Hartman Jule
Inhale and take in all of the beautiful things that life has to offer. Spend time with your family, spend time in nature and find beauty in the small things.
16. Retirement = Bliss
Once you hit retirement, your life will change drastically. You can look forward to new opportunities and experiences that await you in your new life.
When you think of “retirement” you should think of happiness, adventure, wealth, and health. Hopefully these inspiring and funny retirement quotes will help you to realize just how special these years are. Now get out there and enjoy it!