Retirement is no longer a destination — it’s a journey, a transition, an opportunity to live life your way!
You’re fifty to seventy-five or more years old. You may want to continue doing what you’ve been doing or perhaps work in a different way, wanting to fit work into life rather than squeezing life into work. You may also want to use your skills in a different way. Perhaps you’ve been downsized, or company policy says you must go, or something deep inside you says it’s time to move on.
Retirement used to signal the last stage of life. No more.
We’re living longer, which doesn’t mean a longer “old age.” Ages fifty to seventy-five or more is now considered an “extended middle age.”
Many people don’t want to retire. Some want to work in different ways and others can’t afford to retire because they fear they will outlive their money. Still others want to create encore careers, using their skills to “give back.” We know from positive psychology that well-being is a combination of connection, engagement and purpose and meaning in life. What’s most important is to be aware and intentional as you plan “what’s next?”
It’s about you
You have wisdom, skills, experience, energy …from your work inside or outside of your home. You may or may not be completely set financially, but that may not be the primary reason you want to continue working in some form.
You want the freedom to live life on your own terms.
Then don’t make the common mistake of jumping into the first thing that comes along.
You want finally to do work (paid or unpaid) that is a creative expression of who you are, work that touches your spirit, ignites your passion, and leaves you feeling fully alive.
Then retire retirement. Define your third stage of life on your own terms!