Our most enduring and everlasting memories, develop as a child when we associate a tasty treat with its aroma. The smell of bread, cookies, is just an example. The sound of music, in particular, a radio jingle or song associated with a cartoon, viewing a television show or commercial about a toy you want. These visuals are embedded in our thoughts, dreams, and desires for the rest of our lives.

If and when we can recall these moments of our past, they become chapters of our lives, allowing the feelings of emotions overwhelming our minds, whether the memories or good or bad, they are forever a part of our lives, and our soul, shaping the person we have become.

Traveling along life’s often turbulent passages, we sometimes call upon past memories to ease the pain of the current situations. Some people approach retirement with dreaded fear and apprehension, never understanding and appreciating how this is their time to rekindle dreams, thought of as a child, teenager, young adult, and especially those parenting years.

This is the perfect time to recall every dream or vision you can imagine, so long as your spouse has updated the life insurance policy, however, if you do not have a spouse, then you can seek to fulfill these dreams, passions, and desires with the gusto of a young adult!

Now, your health and personal safety are above all else, the most important in all the adventures you seek to take part in. It is essential to prepare your mind with a healthy body when seeking your dreams.

Your family, friends, and neighbors will be concerned and worried, although, they have your best interest at heart, some maybe a little envious of your daring dreams, and imaginations.

If your children show concern by complaining or criticizing, your desires, just remind them of the horrible terrors they put you through when they were children, and this is only payback.

Heck, you survived their wild, adventurous exploits of climbing a ladder to look closer at a hornet’s nest. I’m only jumping out of an airplane with a parachute, and I have health insurance, along with a “do Not Resuscitate”(DNR) order!

If they use your grandchildren as pawns to persuade you not to leave. Close your eyes and reminisce about when you were a child, and how cool it would have been to tell your friends how your grandparents climbed a mountain, road a motorcycle across the country, or hiked the Appalachian Trail.

With today’s technology, you could send grandchildren photos of your exploits and they would be the cool kids in their class with photo’s of their adventurous grandparents!

Seeking to fulfill your dreams and passion in retirement sets an example for our children and, especially grandchildren, that they are never too old to learn and achieve anything you wish at any stage of life.

If you cannot recall any dreams, visions or imaginations from your past, be patient, and try harder, everyone dreams.

By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

13 thoughts on “In Retirement, activate your dreams & Passions?”
  1. Well said!

    1. Why thank you, I decided to write this essay when I encounter a couple of retirees, who, have yet to decided what they want to do in retirement.

  2. every begining should have an end
    how u begin is quite difficult to establish moreso at baby stage but how end could eventually be part of good hygiene of life and how well you plan your life .so that it ends up with beauty

  3. Good article. It’s inspiring especially when your whole life has been very stable and predictable. Sounds like retirement will be what I make of it.

  4. The first drawing was cool and funny. Lol.
    You’re correct. Some people view retirement with dread. In my experience, it sometimes means giving up on a career they love and entering a zone they have no idea how to adapt. Lol.

    I then meet others who view it differently, and assess retirement exactly as you depicted in this post. It is a great time to begin doing the things they’ve worked their entire lives for, and can now enjoy because well, they deserve it.

    Why work 30+ years, to enter a period of your life you cannot enjoy? As children though, I will admit we will have reservations hearing that mom/dad are going skydiving, etc. However, they deserve the release. I wish you all the best as you experience everything you desire

  5. I have so many things I want to do, I can’t wait to retire! But really, my husband and I are moving toward our second careers doing things we really enjoy. I love the images you included with this!

  6. I really like this article and heartily agree (perhaps because I’m retired and thinking of venturing into something new that may shock my kids! ha!)

  7. Yes! Couldn’t agree more. Have your friend order “Baby Boomers Reinvent Your Retirement in Mexico,by Karen Blue…Stories of a number of people who have made the jump, including me, actually! Judy

    1. Ok Judy, I will pass on the recommendation and l also will read the book, although I’m planning to tour the US via an RV, I will look into the move.

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  9. This is what I am doing. We camp, fly-fish, travel. I write everywhere I go. Isn’t retirement great. I love yo’re blog. Let me know if you’re in Louisiana. I’ll let you know what not to miss!

    1. Ibeth1950, funny you mention camping,

      A week from today I will be looking to finalize my purchase of a RV to travel the US in search of destinations far and wide, mostly in the Western National Parks.

      I have traveled by RV years ago with my kids, however after retiring, I traveled by Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle from Key-West to Fairbanks Alaska and the Nomadic Wanderings in me are stirring again.

      So by mid to late spring I will be venturing into the wilds of the back roads of America seeking adventure, good food festivals, and scenic photography. I will however mix a little hiking and kayaking into the mix. LOL!

      I have on my calendar to attend the 2015 Craw fish festival in Louisiana. I need to get some Zydeco music and Gumbo into my system. LOl!

      So as the next few months pass along, I may take you up on the offer.


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