I think it’s safe to say that every single one of us, at some stage in our lives, has uttered the words “Ah! The good old days.” In fact, it’s completely normal to reminisce about the days gone by, those youthful summers spent with little worries in the world.
I think it’s safe to say that every single one of us, at some stage in our lives, has uttered the words “Ah! The good old days.” In fact, it’s completely normal to reminisce about the days gone by, those youthful summers spent with little worries in the world. This is particularly true for people as they start to reach retirement age, and maybe start to feel like they can no longer do all the things that they could when they were much younger.
Bryan Adams’ song “Summer of 69” was not just a massive hit, but also showed that even rockstars dream of better days. So, we thought that a guide to re-living this song would be an absolutely perfect way to spice up your retirement.
These are just some of the lyrics that we think fit best with our retirement guide:
“I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers bled
Was the summer of '69”
Retirement is a great time to pick up a skill or hobby that you left behind, either through lack of commitment or time. In this case, playing the guitar is the obvious reference here and if you previously played, or wish to learn – then retirement is the perfect time. We wouldn’t recommend you playing it till your fingers bleed, but you do now have the time to get great at a hobby that you have always wanted to take up. Hobbies are an awesome way to keep your mind and body busy, and to meet new and interesting people in your retirement.
“Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I shoulda known we'd never get far”
It’s a fact of life that friends drift apart, and while it’s normal, it can be a pretty hurtful process to go through at the time. People get married, they have full-time jobs, move countries and so on. Even if you keep in touch, your friendships are never quite the same again. My favourite part of this retirement guide is getting old friends back together. If you had a band try and have a session together for laughs, get that old book club back together or simply take time out to all meet up somewhere amazing and have a wonderful holiday together.
“Ain't no use in complainin'
When you got a job to do
Spent my evenings down at the drive-in
And that's when I met you”
The great thing about retirement is that now you don’t have to complain as you have no job to tie you down to an office everyday. This part of the retirement guide is about getting back into the things that you enjoy. Without a job you now have the time to do exactly what it is you want to. Find a drive-in and go to it, take the weekend fishing or travel to a place you’ve always wanted to; enjoy your newfound freedom.
“Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
This part of our retirement guide emphasises the need to spend time with your loved ones. This could mean telling your spouse you love them, or taking them on a romantic holiday. You have so much time and the most important things in life are the people in it. Your children, your grandchildren and your closest friends are really what is going to make your retirement worth it and you should try spend as much time with them as possible.
A great way to incorporporate all of these retirement guide points is to invest in property somewhere beautiful. This means that you have somewhere to meet up with your friends, whisk your spouse away for a romantic weekend, a holiday home for your family or simply a beautiful place in the sun to spend your golden years. Calpe is located on Spain’s gorgeous Costa Blanca coastline and it makes an incredible spot for retirement. Have a look at our portfolio of property for sale Costa Blanca, and find the perfect home that will ensure that these are the best days of your life.