Are you between the ages of 50 and 75? Are you wondering what’s next in your life? Are you ready to rewire and not necessarily retire? Are you searching for passion, purpose and adventure? Do you want something new? Are you looking for meaningful work that is not necessarily full time? Are you looking for a way to make a difference and give back?
I, Deeta Lonergan, am!
My colleague, Gwen Kennedy, is also.
The baby boom generation is reinventing retirement. We want to help you navigate this transition, considered by many to be the largest transition since the Women’s Movement.
Our lives are composed of relatively stable periods we call chapters where we are knitting ourselves together, and unstable periods we call transitions where it may feel like we are unraveling. Both of these feelings are normal. There is a pattern to our experience of change – much like transitions through the four seasons of the year. If you know this cycle you can use it as a road map to navigate your way.
Tools To Support Your Journey
Reinventing retirement offers the opportunity to focus on your passions and purpose. If you are living “on purpose” focusing on your passions and values you will have the energy you need to move forward. Finding your passion and purpose involves looking back at where you have been so that you can author your future.
An important part of creating your plan for the next third of your life is managing your time and commitments. This is the opportunity to decide how you would like to spend your time. You can control your time and commitments, or allow others to do it for you.
There are predictable challenges that we face at each decade with new opportunities in our 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Old models of retirement “rocking chairs” “golfing” “fishing” are in need of updating. There is a strong urge at this age to give back, leave a legacy, and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Understanding the adult life cycle supports planning for what’s next.
A key to thriving in the next third is lifelong learning. It’s an opportunity to let go of things that are no longer working in your life, identify what is still working for you so you can take on new opportunities and challenges as you author your plan. Take the opportunity to identify your best learning environments and truth tellers. Identify what information you need to be creative and fulfilled. Create your Learning Agenda.
APCM would like to thank Deeta and Gwen who shared their insights at our recent Empowered Women Smart Money speaker series. If you are interested in exploring this topic more you may want to take advantage of their ongoing workshops, more information can be found on their website, www.whatsnextafter50.com.