Looking Forward

Taking a look at what lies ahead for your retirement really begins by understanding where you stand today.

FPWeb_180x180_1_lookingforward.4cf55e5223a93Are you truly independent?

“Creating Your Path” is a step-by-step tool to help you identify the obstacles that might stand in the way of you living the most fulfilling life possible, and to help you move from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

So where do you stand today? Here are a few questions to help gauge how you might be feeling about your life right now.

  • How would you describe your best life?
  • Are you living it now?
  • If not now, when will you?
  • What do you do to bring fun into your life?
  • How easy is it to get around?
  • Do you ever worry about future care?
  • Do you feel safe? And if you’re living in a home you own, here’s another:
  • Are you truly living independently?

Many of us may think we’re living independently, but as homeowners we’re burdened by responsibilities that can actually be an obstacle to living our best life.

So what does truly independent living mean? It’s freedom. Being independent is being free to do what you want, when you want to. It means being free from the hassles of home ownership. And that’s exactly what a retirement community offers you — in spades.

Picture yourself with no more home maintenance, no more yard work, no more house cleaning, no more cooking, no more dishwashing, no more sweeping or dusting or mopping or cleaning the bathroom. And no more dependence on others to help you with these everyday responsibilities, either.

Now think about the freedom that comes with it. You’ll have more time for yourself, more time for friends and family, more time to pursue the things that are really important for your life and your wellbeing.

You’ll be living a better life, you’ll be having more fun and you’ll have peace of mind about your future.

That’s something to look forward to. Not a new life — you’ll still have your friends and interests — but a new way of living your life, living independently. You’ll be doing more of what you love, and less of what you don’t. It’s that simple.