This article is by Cathy Severson, who is a career counselor and retirement life coach. She is creator of the Retirement Life/Map, a personalized blueprint for your future. Visit her website at www.RetireWOW.com.
While Cathy’s article is about baby boomers and retirees, I think that the principle of finding your ideal direction in life applies to everyone. See what you think!
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When Pat first called me, there was a slight hint of desperation in her voice. “I’m failing retirement,” she lamented.
“What’s the problem?” I inquired.
“I hate playing mahjong and bridge,” she wailed.
Pat is representative of the new retiree. While they’re ready for a shift from the working world of the last forty years, they’re not ready to go off into the sunset.
Recently, I was at a meeting in room filled with entrepreneurs. As I looked around at the graying hair and faces with slight wrinkles, I didn’t see ‘old’ but a group of people filled with passion, enthusiasm and vitality.
Baby boomers are redefining what it means to grow old. Yes, many people will receive their gold watch and high tail it to the nearest retirement community in Florida or Arizona and never look back.
Many new retirees are looking for a new challenge or opportunity. Retirement age baby boomers are the fastest growing segment of the population to start a business. My husband and I started a business in our early thirties and ended up losing everything. At retirement age, people don’t have the time or the money to make a mistake.
Many people have an inkling that they would like to start a business, maybe even an Internet one, but don’t know what they have to offer. Some retirees are driven by a sense of purpose, but don’t know what it is or how to put it into action.
A Retirement Life/Map is the ideal place to start you journey into this new world. Discover the strengths you want to express in your retirement life. Understand what motivates you and most importantly, your anchors for happiness. What do you need to feel satisfied and happy in retirement? A Retirement Life/Map will help you find your purpose and how to put it into action.
What happened to Pat you may be asking? At sixty-nine, if anyone deserved a traditional retirement it was she. Working as a psychiatric nurse, she had single handedly raised seven children. At 4’ 10” she was a feisty spit fire who wasn’t ready to stop living.
By completing her Retirement Life/Map she confirmed her commitment to personal growth and continued learning. She realized that she like to apply new information to challenging problems. She also realized that she wanted to help people who couldn’t help themselves. Finally, she wanted to believe she was contributing to a greater good.
Once she realized there wasn’t anything ‘wrong’ with her and armed with courage and confidence that came from the new perspective of the Retirement Life/Map, she promptly enrolled in school to become a mediator. The last time we talked, she had a vigor and eagerness helping foster children through the court system.