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Unlocking Creative Potential: Embracing Fulfillment in Retirement
Scott A. Gese

Retirement should be a wonderful time for seniors and for many it is. For others, retirement can seem like a bad choice. Why would that be?

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There are a number of reasons. One good possibility is that some retirees have been locked into a job that either doesn't require or intentionally suppresses their creativity. When retirement comes around these people are lost. Without the structure of a work environment they have little or no clue on how to create a retirement that fulfills their needs and desires. Their creativity has been suppressed for so many years that those creative juices just doesn't flow.

Retirement is your time. It's a time dedicated to you. It's a time for you to explore those interests, hobbies, and passions you've put off during your working life. Now is the time for you to tap into your creative side. To try new things and live your passion. In this article I'll explore ten ways that retired seniors like yourself can find and increase the creativity you need for a successful retirement. These ideas are meant to not only refresh your memory but to also help you develop your creative muse.

I'm sure you've heard of this one before. I'm wondering why so many people don't take it to heart?

1. Taking on a new hobby: Isn't there something you've always want to try? You know. That thing that's been sitting in the back of your mind but over the years you've suppressed it with excuses like I don't have the time, the talent or the money to do such a thing. Now that you're retired maybe it's time to start rethinking those thoughts and if you can swing it, give that thing a try. Whether it's painting, woodworking, gardening or whatever, taking up a new hobby can be a great way to get in touch with your creative side. The trick is to start. No more excuses.

Maybe you're the sedentary type. Getting your hands dirty or working with tools just isn't what you're into. Here are several ideas that will help you get those creativity juices flowing.

2. Keep a journal: Writing down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be a great way to tap into your creativity. It's also a good way to improve your writing skills. Who knows what sort of writing talents you have buried under those layers of suppressed creativity.

3. Read more: Reading can be a great way to stimulate your mind and find some inspiration for your own writing. Reading is a good path that can lead you into other creative endeavors.

4. Listen to music: You wouldn't think that listening to music could inspire you and lead to more creative endeavors. But it does. Listening to music is a great way to relax and get inspired.


Maybe you've tried something in the past and found it just wasn't for you. Nothing you can think of seems to float your boat. Don't give up. Have you ever thought about stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something totally unique to your lifestyle? Retirement gives you the opportunity to do just that.

Don't be afraid to try something radical because you're concerned about what your friends and relatives might think. Do it anyhow. Keep in mind this is your retirement, not theirs.

5. Try a new form of art: For example if you've never tried your hand at sculpture or photography before, maybe you should give it some serious consideration. Maybe you like the idea of working with wood but you don't have the room or the resources for a woodshop. There are other ways to work with wood you might enjoy. Try your hand at wood carving or even whittling. These are two artistic forms of woodworking that take a minimal amount of space and resources. Now that you're retired you have the time to explore your options and give new art forms a try.

6. Travel: It's not for everyone. If you have the funds and the curiosity, visiting new places and experiencing different cultures can be a great way to see the world with fresh eyes and gain inspiration for other creative endeavors. Maybe you like the idea. You have the curiosity but not the funds so you think travel is out of the question. Not really. You'd be surprised at what you can find within a fifty mile radius of your house.

Here are a few more ideas you might consider.

7. Take a class: Whether it's a writing, pottery or painting class, taking a class can be a great way to learn new skills and improve your creativity. It's also a great way to meet and mingle with others who have the same interests as you and reinforce the creative endeavor you've chosen.

8. Volunteer: Most people don't volunteer because they think their time is too valuable to just give away. Giving back to your community is another way to tap into your creativity while also making a positive impact in the lives of others.

9. Beyond volunteering: getting involved in your communities artistic outlets such as joining a local theater group or choir can be a great way to not only meet new people, it can help you gain inspiration and give you new ideas toward other creative endeavors. Here's a creative thought for you. If you like the idea of being involved in a local theater group but don't want to be on stage, consider being part of the behind the scenes group designing and building sets or creating costumes.

Are you the reclusive type? Try these creative ideas.

10. Spend time in nature: Being in nature can be a great way to gain inspiration and get in touch with your creative side. Even if it's nothing more than enjoying your local park or your own back yard especially if you're the one who planted the plants you're now spending time with.

11. Learn to play a musical instrument: It's good for both your brain and your frame of mind. This has got to be one of the more creative outlets a retired person could do.

12. Learn a new language: This goes right along with learning to play a musical instrument. Keep in mind that as you get older both of these creative endeavors become more of a challenge. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try. A good mental challenge may be something you desperately need.

Final thought

Retirement is a time to explore new interests and passions, and tapping into your creative side can be a great way to do just that. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just getting started, there are many ways for seniors to increase their creativity. So why not try something new and see where it takes you?


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