What comes to mind when you think of retirement? Slowing down? Leaving paid work? With people living healthier and longer, our generation may redefine what retirement means or maybe get rid of the word altogether. What if, as we reach our later years in life, we instead use the word transition? Transition into a stage of life that’s filled with purpose and engaging activity. Instead of dwelling on what’s ending, let’s focus on the rewarding experiences to come.
Think back to some of life’s most important transitions: moving out of your parents’ home, maybe getting married or having children, starting a new career. These moments were filled with excitement, anticipation and a whole lot of hope for what was to come. We may be older, but we should face our current and future transitions the same way. So many of us want to remain active in retirement! Be confident that this will be a meaningful, fulfilling stage of life. I created Vibrante Living to help women thrive in their later years.
As 2018 ends and a new year begins, what’s stopping you from finding joy when considering your future? Do you worry about losing your community of work peers? Maybe you wonder how you’ll fill your time. Stop dwelling on the question, “What will I do with the rest of my life?” You don’t need all the answers before you take a leap.
● Your work doesn’t define you: Too many of us have started to believe that we are what we do. This makes us anxious to step away from work. Remember, you are so much more than your career. Your personality traits that helped you find success at work will do the same for you as you seek new challenges in your later years.
● Quiet time isn’t wasted time: We spend too little time reflecting on what’s important when we’re immersed in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Slowing down doesn’t mean you’re wasting time. Reserving time to be still and reflect may help you appreciate your stage of life. Enjoying a long, slow cup of coffee with a friend sounds like a perfect way to ease into this mindset.
● Embrace your curiosity and find new passions: We never lose our curiosity. Use yours to find new ways to fill your time. If you’ve been the queen of takeout, maybe a cooking class is in your future. It’s never too late to learn a new language. Volunteering could be a rewarding way to use your skills formerly reserved for work.
Get out and tackle what should be an exciting time in your life. I love what journalist Linda Ellerbee once said: “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’ If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and will be part of it.’”
If you are interested in possibly moving into Vibrante Living or another shared living environment, please give yourself plenty of time for planning purposes. We anticipate our next availability in June 2020. Let’s connect in the meantime! I’d love to sit down with you over coffee or chat with you over the phone about some of the things you might need to consider for this next stage of your life.