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Demographic trends reveal that ageing population is on the increase globally. People now retire and live longer thereby increasing Pension Funds obligations, funded from Governments’ (Federal, State and Local Governments) already lean purses. The consequence of this is inability of various Governments to immediately meet up with these increasing obligations.  The resultant effect is that retirees are left in the cold for the first two years (or even more) to face life in without any source of income.

It is very discomforting and worthy of note that a great number of people retire from work (Service) without planning ahead for it. This is in spite of being aware of the exact date they will be due for statutory retirement right from the date they got the job.

Different folks, different strokes!

A number of people talk and worry a lot about what will happen to them when they retire from service but end up not taking any step to address their fears before entering into this timeline. Some other people just take every day as it comes without even giving it any thought whatsoever.

What is your excuse!

People fail to plan ahead for retirement because of different reasons;

  1. The nature of work is very laborious leaving them with no quality time to think of any other thing. They work so hard and earn so little and thus must put in long hours daily to make ends meet. They just resign to faith;
  2. The nature of work is very busy and rewarding, hence they are very comfortable as it is and thus would forget to spare a little time to plan for the years coming ahead;
  3. Procrastination! They have every opportunity to prepare for the raining day but rather kept postponing until it becomes too late;
  4. The belief that tomorrow will always sort itself out;
  5. I have trained my children, they will take care of me;
  6. My family inheritance is there for me;
  7. Etc, etc, etc……………

What is your excuse? 

 

Arc (Mrs) BamideleFalako
Post Service Lifestyle Consultant
MSME Business Coach/Trainer

Intellectual fulfillment has to do with putting your brain to work effectively in such a way that you
achieve self satisfaction. Have you seen how many retirees burst forth in book writing as though it had
always been in them but was being limited by active service and job. These same retirees that those of
us outside the box might originally have felt have brains that should no longer be &;alive&39; as it were.
As long as you are not retired in the body, then your brain should not go into hibernation because
awakening it when needed might not be that easy. You can obtain this intellectual fulfillment by trying
any or all of these:-
1) REMAIN HAPPY
Do you know that being happy and joyful increases cortisol level which kills stress. Put your brain to
intellectual work that would make you happy. If you always like calculation, then challenge yourself to
some sums that could also involve deductions. Make budgets to keep yourself financially safe. Were you
an accountant working somewhere before ? Even after retirement from active service you
remain an accountant so do not take your brain to the &39;mortuary&39;. Get intellectually involved with what
makes you happy. From intellectual involvement you would transcend to intellectual fulfillment.

2) MAKE EFFORT TO READ
It is often said that we stop to learn when we die. Always try to make efforts to keep reading. Widen the
horizon of the knowledge you had acquired. Stay abreast on current issues. Remain relevant as a retiree
by reading intellectual books. In knowledge, you are intellectually fulfilled. I am sure with this act and art
of reading, &39;Mr. Brain&39; would smile and say thank you for it.
3) EAT RIGHT
The state and strength of our brain is partly attributed to what you eat. Eating right brings intellectual
fulfillment by helping to reduce the risk of dementia, amnesia and other brain malfunctions. Eat foods
rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like walnuts, flaxseeds and salmon fish. Also reduce refined sugar intake,
natural sugars found in fruits are more beneficial. Eat right, eat well and your brain will be well fed
towards being intellectualy fulfilled.
I am running off again. See you sometime or anytime later on the &39;word page&39;.
Stay intellectually fulfilled.

There is a first part to this topic. Try to read it up so you could flow along as we move ahead to the
concluding part of this topic.
And now to the next point as continued from the previous article,
3) SEARCH OUT YOUR PASSION
When sowing your seed money, it is very important that you look for something you enjoy doing. That
thing that does not make you feel punished or coerced when doing it. Something you are happy to do in
real physical life and even in your dream. Everybody in life has a passion, that thing which they love
doing. Some might not have pursued their passion in active Service and now is that opportunity to
pursue that passion, use and harness it towards profitability. This very point leads to another point
which we would be discussing next.
4) YOUR PASSION MUST BE RELEVANT
That passion can only be relevant if it meets a need around you. Your investment would amount to
almost nothing if your &;money investment scheme&39; does not meet a need. To a drowning man, water is
his enemy unlike to a man dying of thirst. Sometimes an environment determines what needs to be met,
so starting off will require you to be very sensitive to the needs that can be met in your immediate
environment.

5) DO NOT SWING YOURSELF AROUND
I remember quite well when a close relative of mine was going to retire. A friend of hers who had retired
gave her this advice which is the basis and ground for this point. The advice is as thus, "A lot of people
know that you have retired and would want to be your financial advisors as they would present various
offers and business ideas to you. Do not move with the motions. Think of what you would want and love
to do. Have a plan for yourself or an idea of what you want, so that nobody would plan for you because
many are after their own selfish interest".
Now I can step down and conclude on this note because I am sure I have helped a bit with the question
that births this write-uo &39;FRESH IN , MONTHLY SALARY ALERT STOPPED, WHAT NEXT?&39;.

Have you ever trailed a path you have never been on before? I am sure it would seem to you as if
the road was farther than it actually is because it is unfamiliar and a new road to you. So is this journey
of uncertainty for the retirees. It is a new road you have never traveled on before, those end of the
month salary alerts you received in your account are gone, the little tips, side allowances and benefits all
over. It would seem so scary, cannot be budgeted and you would even almost feel as though you would
not survive as some workers would feel if payment of their salary is being delayed.
This &;money gist&39; is actually one of the scariest things after . I believe you my readers are
not one of those who are fearful but rather those who would take planned and calculated steps into
financial certainty. After retirement, every retiree is given a certain &39;lump sum&39;. With the lump sum you
could invest money into any profitable and credible business. When planning and aiming for this,
carefully take note of the following;
1) Avoid Investing In Ponzi Schemes
Do not rush into ponzi schemes that we call &39;fast fast&39; (hyperbole for speed) because it would only lead
you to &39;fast fast&39; loss. These schemes usually look very enticing but the danger they present ahead is
tremendous. The most devastating part of ponzi schemes is that when you lose your money, there is
absolutely nobody to be held responsible.
2) You Can Start Small
Whatever amount it is you have to invest, always remember to start small, otherwise, that money you
thought you once had would amount to ‘NOTHING&39; within a very short time. The secret of money is that
if it is not put to work, it would never grow nor remain static, but would rather diminish till you will end
up with nothing. Finally, be very cautious of the activities of emergency financial experts who must have
carefully positioned themselves to rid you of your retirement fund at the slightest opportunity.
Though your new monthly income might not amount to as much as you used to receive while in Service,
that would gradually increase with time as you gain more expertise in whatever you’ve invested into.
Have you ever sown a seed and expect it to grow to a tree the following day? With proper nurturing,
discipline and patience, that which was once small may even become more than what you received
while in SAervice.
On this beautiful note, I would step aside on this page. Hope to meet you on the page of the part 2 and
the concluding part of this discussion. You would not want to miss out.

Retirement is that point when a working class individual takes a bow from active Service. I will be using the term active Service because after retirement some individuals are called for contract jobs like a consultant doctor whose service is continuously needed due to his specialization, exposure, experience knowledge and lack of qualified replacement. So also is this in every profession. 

So to the main thing, ‘the emotional and psychological fulfillment’. The ‘Point’ of emotional and psychological fulfillment is that ‘Point’ when a person feels settled and is happy with no serious worry that would cause unnecessary palpitations.

So how can a retiree attain this level knowing that one of the things that had been part of your life for a very long time, your job, is no longer part of you? 

It is recommended that you try these steps listed below and see how they are of benefit to you. 

These are :-

1) AVOID IDLENESS

Yes, we know that retirement is that time off active service but it is not retirement from life. So retirement is not the end of having an active life. Idleness leads to boredom and boredom can lead to compulsive depression. Haven decided to avoid idleness, it’s time to take this next step.

2) EXPLORE YOURSELF

There is every possibility that the active service you took a bow from might have been somehow monotonous i.e a regular/patterned daily routine without any form of adventure. Now it is time to explore yourself, explore those things you love doing or wished you had done, lighten up your spirit and stay happy. To achieve this, keep busy  by taking the next step;

3) TAKE THE ACTION

Having explored yourself just like the miners would when they suspect a mineral in a particular place or just as the actor Indiana Jones when a particular treasure map had been found. Now is the time to take the action by making the move to your psychological and emotional fulfillment. Do not just explore yourself to find your other side interests but explore the interest. Ever picked an interest in music, traveling, sewing or even writing, then, take the step to unlock the opportunities. My dear retiree,   ‘MOVE, ACT now’. A move towards your interest is a major step towards emotional and psychological fulfillment. 

4) AVOID STRESSORS

Run from things that would drain your energy unnecessary. Emotional and psychological stressors that would make you unhappy or rather depressed. Most times even physical stressors would transcend to emotional stress when you are over-stressed. When you explore and make the move, ensure you do not over-stress yourself.

So my dear retirees, I desire that you attain optimum emotional and psychological fulfillment. Try these steps, make the move and soar high in being fulfilled. I am about to drop my pen. 

Welcome to this new phase of retirement and most importantly, make ‘THE MOST USE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY’. 

See you on this ‘word page’ sometime later.