For most of us, the life we lived when we were working is far removed from the life we plan to live when we retire. The most obvious is that even if we do continue to work, we will be working in a different format, maybe even a different industry. Some of us become grandparents which changes our lives, others take up new friends with different interests. All that is necessary is to be open to reinventing parts of our lives.
Kathi Sharp-Ross of the Reinvention Exchange talks about the reinvention journey (www.thereinventionexchange.com): “It starts with a dose of creativity, some courage, and a sense of direction. Whether it’s career, spiritual, health or hobbies, you can Reinvent any piece of your life without completely disrupting the other pieces and people in your life. There are quiet reinventions and major reinventions, so no matter what your path, find your passion, spread your wings and make it happen. Your life is calling! “
So how do we take the bold step of reinventing our lives? It all starts with a road map, a plan, a strategy. Over the past 5 years, I have had some minor reinventions relating to career. But, next year I am planning the bold step – re-locating to the country and living a completely different life to what I live here in the city. The plan for this has been incubating for several years and has been through several different iterations. I have now made the commitment, I will be re-locating at the end of this year, building a simple, uncluttered space that will enable me to live more sustainably – utilizing every drop of grey and rainwater, and living mainly off the grid. I am excited about having space to grow my own organic fruit and vegetables.
Your reinvention does not necessarily need to involve taking such a gigantic leap, but what is it that you need or would like to change? As I have said many times before, working in retirement in many cases offers the opportunity to do something that ignites you, fires your passion. Many, I know are still driven by income, but this is your opportunity to work flexibly, at something you enjoy.
I was at a Coaching workshop on Friday and somebody referred to the way the 4th Industrial Revolution is going to change the face of work. I know many Boomers are terrified by technology and run in the opposite direction when it is mentioned, but it is really worth reading around the topic because this is the way that we are going to be able to stay in the workforce. At this same workshop, I noticed many of the coaches were my generation, coaching at the end of their career. This is a classic example of how we can give back in retirement where ageism is not a factor.
I want to end off with a quote from Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”