Retirement the End or Just Another Beginning

retirement journeys

“You’re too young to retire!”

“What will you do?”

“Aren’t you going to be bored?”

RETIREMENT

A group of us discussed the word in a class I took last year, Planning for Change in the Third Age. Some people refused to even say it. I was shocked at the powerful emotions expressed during our discussions. Retirement means something different to everyone and the lifestyle associated with it has evolved over the years.

At 57, I’m in a much different place than my mother was at the same age. Today, people are more active and there are more opportunities available to us then there were 30+ years ago. Modern medicine has improved and the majority of us can expect to live another 25+ years. It’s just another phase of our lives.

When I was working out this week, with sweat pouring down my face, I thought about my mom. I wonder how her life would have been different if there were fitness centers on every corner and healthy living was a priority. As I approach this major life change, I’m in a much better place and more active because these options are available to me.

After 30+ years of proudly working in law enforcement, it’s time to focus my energies in new directions. I can travel, learn, contribute and even try a new career if I choose to do so. When I say retirement, it means moving on from my current career into something else. What it doesn’t mean, is that I’ll sit at home watching television and fade into the background.

I’m 20 days away from my last day at work. While I have a brief moment of panic every now and then, I stop myself and review all the planning I’ve done and get excited again. I’m going to do things I love and things I’ve never tried and may end up loving. So, watch out, because I’ll be living large and loud.

jasteck

I’m so glad retirement has been such a wonderful experience, Dawn. My retired friends all seem to agree. It will give me so much more time to focus on the things that bring me joy.

Liz

Congrats on your upcoming retirement! A couple of my retired friends and I found that the most amazing thing is that our minds just began to expand. We became more aware of everything around us, see more, think more expansively and creatively when we were not so bogged down by the stresses of everyday work life. This was the wonderful surprise that none of us knew would happen but really appreciate. None of us are sitting home watching much TV for sure.

jasteck

Liz, It’s been way too long since we connected. Hopefully we can meet up on some grand photo adventures. I’m excited about being more creative. I’ve already signed up for an art class on screen printing. I love hearing how wonderful retirement is for many of my friends. I’ll be in touch!!

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