Getting a Life After Retirement
Getting a Life After Retirement
Most focus on making a life before retirement, but not many think about getting a life after retirement. People have differing reactions when hearing the word retirement. Some believe it is an exciting time that people work their life towards. Whereas, some feel quite the opposite. They feel defeat, or boredom, and dread the day. Wherever you are on the spectrum, the common ground is that eventually most retire in some capacity. Be that from the day to day grind of a 9 to 5, or the natural aging out from their chosen career. Retirement should be a momentous occasion worth celebrating. You now have all the time in the world you did not before!
What is Retirement
In this blog we will look into what retirement is. The good and the bad. The talked about and the unspoken. I had the pleasure of interviewing Nancy K. Schlossberg this past week. Nancy is nothing short of a pro when it comes to retirement, the psychology behind it, and how to re-invent oneself to truly live life to the fullest. She is a beaming example of how retirement can look starkly different on many peoples. At the vibrant age of 91, she still taking the professional and personal world by storm. Nancy provides many great definitions on what retirement can be in our interview shown below. We now will outline a few of the talking points.
Life is a series of transitions. Consistently changing and adapting to everything happening around you. Transitions are events that change the course of your life. There are two main types of transitions. Events and non-events. To give examples of both we will start with what an event transition could be.
- Having a child
- Getting married
Now to look at examples of non-event transitions.
- A promotion that you didn’t get
- A relationship that didn’t work out
- Not being able to retire at a certain age due to finances
Retirement is no different and could be in either category because life is messy. You could have your entire life planned out in your 30’s, and there’s no guarantee that life will work with those plans. A transition may interrupt the life you had, and then you move forward with your new life.
What is a psychological portfolio and what does it have to do with your retirement? Everyone knows how important a financial portfolio can be to a long and comfortable retirement. Nancy explains in the video that a psychological portfolio is just as important. A healthy and happy mind is a great companion when growing old. She outlines 3 pillars of what a psychological portfolio holds. These are:
One’s identity through most of their life is centered around their career. After retirement some find themselves a bit lost when trying to identify who they are now. You might not realize, but when introducing oneself most bring up their career, or job, or business within the first couple minutes. Without having that some people find it hard to introduce themselves. Finding an identity after retirement is a perfect time to reinvent yourself and let your personality shine.
A sense of purpose is a key factor in making everyday something special. A lot of the time a job or career are a driving force for a person’s sense of purpose. It structures a day, week, month, and year. When you retire finding a new purpose is important. Helping to find a new balance and structure to your newly retired life.
Relationships can also shift after retirement. Both personal and work. An example of how personal relationships may change after retirement could be spending much more with your partner. Many couples go through growing pains while adjusting to their new chapter of their relationship. Work relationships can change by simply not spending the same amount of time with colleagues, and clients. Keeping professional relationships alive requires time and effort on both parts.
Is it Time to Retire?
Thinking that the days of your regular workday routine are coming to a close? Maybe that day is very soon. Or it could be far in the future! Whichever it is, planning for what you hope your future will be is always a good idea. Not setting these plans in stone, as we found out above, transitions can be unexpected, and may alter your life path. But rather, a rough idea what your golden years may look like.
Are you going to be a continuer or an adventurer? An easy glider or an involved spectator? Or maybe a retreater? Whichever one, or combination of the above, you choose the most important aspect is your happiness. You have worked hard to become the person you are today, and you deserve to walk whatever path will find you the most happiness.
If you would like any more information or to chat about your retirement plans feel free to reach out to me via email. To reach out to Nancy K. Schlossberg follow the links below.
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