Written by: Meghan O’Dea
Pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick once said, “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”It’s sound advice—all too often, we can lose our sense of purpose when we leave jobs behind and families grow up. We spend so much time looking forward to retirement we forget what exactly what we want to fill that time newly found free time with. Fortunately, a city seeing a comeback, like Nashville, is the perfect place to stage your own renaissance. Let the city be your guide for how you can make retirement everything you dreamed it can be, and more.
These Boots Are Made for Walking
Nashville is a wonderful place to stay active. Try a tour like Walk Eat Nashville and not only get some exercise, but try some exciting new foods. Or you can explore Riverfront Park and the surrounding area around the Parthenon. The Nashville government also offers Senior Dance Clubs through community centers and some even perform throughout the city! You can take the grandkids to see the famous dragon sculpture at Fannie Mae Dees Park, or to the shops around Jenni’s Ice Cream in East Nashville. Studies show that as little as 15 minutes of exercise a day can improve cognitive and cardiovascular health, improve balance, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. By turning exercise into social time, you can greatly multiply the benefits.
Try Something New
Take advantage of being off the 9-5 and schoolyard schedule and do something fun in the middle of the day— after all, your time belongs to you and no one else! Take a break from your routine and do something unexpected. Walking up and down Broadway is a great way to hear some music you might not have heard before, too. The honky-tonks often have live music playing day and night. There’s also so many great up and coming bands that cover popular favorites, such as The WannaBeatles, the Sinatra Tribute Show staring Matt Snow, or ForeverPatsyCline. You could try an unexpected flavor at one of Nashville’s many amazing restaurants, like Wild Cow in East Nashville or brunch at the Frothy Monkey. Studies show that a wide variety of cultural experiences make for lower stress levels and greater feelings of happiness. Who knows, you just might find something you’ve been missing out on this whole time!
Never Stop Learning
If you could study anything just for your own enjoyment, what would it be? You spent years cultivating many useful skills, but it’s never too late to learn knew ones. Perhaps there was a subject you wanted to study in school, but didn’t see a vocational benefit. Or a craft you always felt drawn to, but couldn’t squeeze in the time with a busy life of pay checks, report cards, or soccer games. Now is your time! You can take courses in anything from art, foreign language, literature, or psychology at Nashville’s many higher education institutions. Finish that degree you started or simply sit in and audit a class on a new subject that interests you! It’s easy to take learning into your own hands with video tutorials online, audio books, e-books, or print text on everything from leather working to landscape design to history. You’d be surprised how much learning something new can lead you to new connections, inspirations, and motivations.
Look to Tradition
Nashville might be a modern city, but it’s one with deep Southern roots. You're no different. Even in a new era of your life, you are still deeply connected to your history. Memory is a powerful thing, and you can travel in and out of time, simply by reminiscing about your experiences and sharing those narratives with friends, neighbors, and family. Get in touch with your roots, whether it’s revisiting a favorite food from your childhood, an old fishing spot, or books you loved in school. If you're looking to retire to something, your past can hold major clues as to what that something might be. Look at what was meaningful to you in the past and you might just find what you want to dedicate your time and energy towards in the present and future, much as Nashville has built an exciting new era on the foundation of its heritage. Loved ones might enjoy hearing about your experiences and perspectives, and that might in turn, guide them towards their own passions and values in life.
Above all, Nashville is a city that believes in community. It’s as close knit, as it is country. That sense of community is often just what seniors need to feel the same sense of connectedness they did when they were plugged in to workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, and more. Isolation and boredom can leave you feeling adrift and depressed. Meeting you goals and cultivating a new sense of purpose can be jumpstarted just by spending time with others and defining a new era of life at our senior living community. If you’d like to learn more about how Maybelle Carter Senior Living can be a part of your journey, call today at (844) 602-2602.
Written by: Meghan O'Dea