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Encouraging women to evolve and create new opportunities at any age.

Retirement:

 

An overdose may be harmful to your health!

According to Webster’s, to retire is synonymous with
  • to withdraw
  • to recede or move backward
  • to conclude
The Thesaurus adds:
  • to adjourn
  • to depart
  • to exit
 
I was irritated when I heard a radio commentator speak of retirement (and aging) as a time of fading away, losing identity, and even, becoming invisible!  Yet, to be honest, I see many people in my community who might fairly (if harshly) be described by these terms.
How can that happen?  None of this matches the pictures in glossy magazines or in television advertisements encouraging relocation to sunny Florida, where one can join other retirees in gated communities featuring golf courses and tennis courts.  
After years of working long hours at their professions, the concept of spending time in a singular pursuit of leisure and recreation sounds like – well, like Paradise - which is how it is advertised.

A. Barry Rand, in the July-August issue of the AARP Bulletin describes how “retirement” emerged as a new life stage, along with the beginning of AARP, in 1958.  According to Rand, the “first-ever generation of genuine retirees” were supported and motivated by thriving new industries, such as leisure travel.  It was considered a mark of success to be able to retire with adequate funds; and as Rand says, “Moreover, the sooner you got there, the better.”  This is certainly the concept of retirement held by many of us.  
However, Rand asserts that we are in the midst of an “Aging Revolution.”  The children of that first generation to retire “…hold new and very different aspirations.”  “While many aspire to retire from work, they have no desire to retire from life.”  He contrasts the basic goals of these two generations:  the first was about freedom from work; the second is about being free to do something different. (I’d like to emphasize the “to do” part of that goal!)

This new retirement model is about discovery, instead of decline. It’s about “…growing more whole, not just growing older.” He says this life stage, called the Age of Possibilities by AARP, was created by the “Boomers” who “reject the notion that their possibilities are shrinking as they get older.”  
It seems there are choices:  creating, living with passion, growing and changing, and discovering vs withdrawing, shrinking, adjourning and becoming invisible.  I think I’ll draw from the energy and encouragement of the Boomers, and I hope you will too.
 
I heartily recommend your reading this interesting, enlightening and motivating article.

Where We Stand Our Age of Possibilities A. Barry Rand, CEO AARP July/August 2014

"I dwell in possibility..." Emily Dickinson


Join the conversation......

What does retirement mean to you?
What do you see in yours your "Age of Possibilities"?

 



From the Book Shelf:


The Art of Possibility

by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander


Amazon Book link.


You can see The Art of Possibility in action in a TED presentation: TED Link



 
Synopsis from Amazon:

Presenting twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander's genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

The authors' harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.

Comments from last month’s Newsletter:

 

Building a Village- Global Grannie’s Style

 
 
Loved this Kendra!  I have been dealing with “What am I going to do when I get old”  now I know, I am going to be a Global Granny 
 
 
I recently took my daughter and granddaughter, who just graduated from high school to Paris for 6 days. It was so great to see an 18 yr. old's impression of a cathedral, etc. I think I heard the word "awesome" more than once. Hopefully, she will also get the traveling bug that I have What memories for all 3 of us! I highly recommend doing something similar if at all possible.

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