Becoming retired and moving away from the career that you have chosen to do over 30 years is something that is coming from all of us. Some of us really look forward to the day when the alarm clock doesn’t dictate what time we need to get out of bed. The vast majority of people do look forward to the retirement because it will allow them to spend a lot more time with the family and they can get to do all of those things that were on the bucket list. For others, however, it’s difficult to walk away from a career that supplied them with adrenaline and that natural high that you receive when you know that you have been doing an excellent job.
I am referring to first responders and first responder retirement is not a day that many of them look forward to. They have lived a life of great excitement up until now, and now they are being asked to step away and just take it easy. This is a lot easier said than done and many first responders are not ready for retirement when it eventually comes around. If you will retirement date is coming up, then maybe the following tips can help you to ready yourself and enjoy the reward for working hard.
- Talk to those in the know – If you are a first responder, then it’s likely that you’re going to find it difficult to move from a life of great excitement and responsibility to one where you pretty much just don’t do anything important that you have a lot of time on your hands. This can be a very difficult transition for many and so it’s best to talk to a professional who was once a first responder themselves, and who understands exactly what you’re going through. As a future retiree, you need to get yourself some kind of support so that when retirement does come around, you’re ready for it.
- Continue helping people – Just because retirement is upon you, doesn’t mean that you have to just sit back and let someone else do the helping. You can still continue being a good Samaritan by helping people in your local community and doing some volunteering with the local schools or any outreach programme. You have a lot of experience behind you and your services would be invaluable, giving talks about safety in schools and in the workplace.
Retirement doesn’t have to be a boring existence and it’s all about how you approach your retirement age and the plans that you have.