As I crossed the age of 60 (official age for retirement in India), I had a healthy discussion with my wife about how to keep myself healthy and active. She categorically but reluctantly (she is not happy about me working for 5 more years) declared that I should retire from active professional work no later than 2019 which gave me a clear 5 year horizon to whatever I prefer to accomplish professionally. Honestly, the one thing that scares me the most about leading a retired life is the mind dwelling on unnecessary things once I have all the time to myself instead of being a consultant building wealth for others and in the process build wealth for myself. I have become very observant of all my friends who have retired from work recently to dive deep into their mind and the following are visible problems that I noticed in them which I should try and avoid: 1) Health – It is obvious that most of them are talking about their BP and Sugar levels or alternatively talking about how their best friend who was so active died in no time due to massive heart attack. The biggest mistake that many of them do is to reconcile to the fact that death is near and talk about it as though they are looking forward to it. I have come to the conclusion that if someone had to discuss health, he or should be young enough to build a healthy lifestyle and it is too late to discuss health after retirement. Death is inevitable the moment I was born and it makes no discrimination whether I am young or old. 2) Wealth - Most, if not all, of the friends I have observed are worried about how they are going to manage their lifestyle after retirement. Well, it is too late to worry about building wealth as they have passed the age that they could have done something about. At best, they can secure their wealth by investing them intelligently and learn to be content as to how to lead a peaceful life with the wealth they have actually built to date. 3) Review of past – Many of my retired friends are thinking about the mistakes they have committed in life in terms of career building and other wasted effort in specific jobs. Those thoughts bring with it, a sense of self-pity and makes them lose their self-confidence. It is an ideal time to come to terms with all our past mistakes even if those thoughts are inevitable and one should forgive himself and move on. 4) Pressure to value-add – For some strange reasons, many retired friends of mine think that they have to be useful and helpful to the loved ones and go extra mile to do so. Well, there is nothing wrong in that thinking but sometimes it results in interference with the upbringing of their grandchildren. I feel as seniors, they have a right to be affectionate to their grandchildren and share responsibilities with their parents but with regard to fine tuning the retirees’ parental skill through grandchildren sometimes results in friction within the family members. 5) Catch-up spirituality – For some strange reasons, many seniors think it is time to intensify their effort on reading spiritual books, listen to discourses and chants, visit holy places, discuss moral values with other seniors and practice meditation and yoga. In fact, whatever character they have built in the past is already with them and there is no point in trying to change anything. It is time to relax and have perfect mix of time allocated for prayers, meditation, enjoyment with grandchildren, walk with friends and family members, watch favorite shows, listen to music and enjoy every way possible. It is time to convince ourselves that we deserve a peaceful life. In fact, there is no need to make any lifestyle changes one needs to make after retirement. If I am content in my life earlier, I would continue to be content anyway. New found professional time can be actively used to pursue the passions that I could not pursue due to lack of time earlier. I can pursue writing or even sharing my experiences with younger generation and learn the changes they are experiencing. I can spend considerable amount of time providing service to the needy which I have been actively doing for the past 20 years over the weekends. I am convincing myself that retirement is a gift to pursue my passions and also contemplate on many things I have learned or try to learn in the past. It is time to detach, lead a healthy life and have fun. It is not a time to shut down the door to the future but open them to enjoy the fresh air coming in. Let me be an example for the next generation of people how to lead a happy life at the old age. I welcome suggestions and comments from senior members as well as younger members of IL.