Recently a friend sent us this photo of an appliance repair truck that highlights that message of the need to REWIRE. As you can expect we love to see that word used in practical and creative ways. Lamps and other electrical devices periodically need to be rewired. Our brain, like a lamp, needs to be rewired from time to time to keep it fresh and functioning. This is particularly true for many people facing retirement, especially those who have focused solely on work and neglected the other aspects of their life.
Part of the REWIRE journey is to identify activities, hobbies, sports, interests, going back to school, or new work that represent opportunities for personal enjoyment, fulfillment and generating new purpose for the future. Some of our readers have sent us some great rewirement examples of what they chose to pursue. They frequently mention that they wish they had started exploring earlier than they did. Rather than wait to until you are already in retirement, they recommend that you start putting together an idea list of possibilities a few years before you retire. Go back in time and consider what interested you when you were a kid, a young adult or starting out in life. Did you collect stamps or coins, play tennis or golf, liked to fish, enjoyed traveling with your family? Did you volunteer to help others?
A great place to start your exploration is in your local library. Go the sections on hobbies, sports, volunteer opportunities, etc. Most libraries have a magazine section. Thumbing through a magazine is often a good way to generate thought starters and ideas. And if you liked fixing small appliances as a kid, maybe rewiring appliances is in your future. You could get a REWIRE truck, too!