We hear it all the time, “live your best life”; but what exactly does that mean?
I believe a “best life” means finding your sustainable happiness; and to be sustainable, the things that bring you happiness have to be affordable over time, have to be adaptable to changes in your physical/mental condition, and have to be things you can do on your own.
For my retirement plan to work optimally, I am choosing to work part-time for the first 5 years of retirement. This will allow me to make the last “big purchases” like cars, renovations, and several trips of a lifetime. Budget is sustainable, therefore happiness is sustainable.
With a total knee replacement and various other musculoskeletal conditions, I am already experienced at adapting movement. Capabilities can be adjusted for, therefore happiness is sustainable.
Activities with my husband such as cooking, gardening, traveling, dining, dancing, and “beaching it” are more joyful with him; but I can do these things on my own. I was divorced and single in my late 30s/early 40s, so I know I can. Having a partner is not required, therefore happiness is sustainable.
A best life doesn’t mean having everything, it’s about having what you need and what makes you happy.
My best life is about having adventures (travel), eating well (tacos), being active (dance fitness), and chasing dreams (more on that later).
What does your sustainable happiness look like?