Backstory – Retirement
Looking around at retired friends, I marveled at how active and involved they are. No rocking chair sitters, these. Taking a better look, I thought about what an opportunity retirement is to reinvent yourself. That thought inspired this week’s show.
Consider This Show – Second Chance
Second Chance – #621
You know what’s great about retirement? It gives you a second chance at having an authentic life.
Thank goodness baby boomers are strong and healthy, well into their sixties, seventies and even their eighties – something our grandparents could not even wish for. They were tired at 50 and spent at 60. That’s not the case today.
So when folks retire, they have a second chance to have an authentic life, if it didn’t work for them the first time around. And they have the wisdom of experience, to enhance their success.
I have many friends who are enjoying a new authentic life, since retirement.
- A non-profit executive from NYC – opened a flower shop in California, something she had always wanted to do.
- A retired nurse became a care-giver.
- A retired public speaker started writing a 90 second radio show. You’re listening to it right now.
- A physicist started studying the Russian language. He traveled to Moscow to test his linguistic skills. There he found access to opera and ballet at the price of a box lunch in NYC. He keeps going back for more.
Whether your work life was authentic or not, in retirement, you could start out on a new path, if you want.
Psychologist Carl Jung told us, “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” And life after retirement offers that privilege, a second time around.