It’s your choice how you present yourself to the world. The way you show up is the way the world sees you – and this becomes the way you see yourself. This perception has everything to do with what you will create today and for the future.
When you think about the term “reinventing yourself,” you probably imagine people who made big changes in their lives. You may know people who quit their jobs to start their own businesses. Or, perhaps you remember news stories about sky-diving 90-year-olds or weight-lifters in their 70s.
Managing the Sixty and Me community can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. As I talk to all of you about what you are doing in retirement, I am uplifted by your stories of renewal and resilience. I am humbled by your dedication to your family and the world around you. And, at times, I am deeply saddened by the struggles that many of you face in your lives.
By the time we reach our 60s, we all have our share of battle scars. Some women have gone through a divorce. Others have children who have grown up and moved to another city, or even country. A significant number have lost a spouse or gone through a serious illness. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that many of us see life after 60 as a time for personal reflection, renewal or even reinvention.
I recently wrote an article on how to be fearless in your 60s. To start, I listed some of the most common fears of women over 60. Then, I asked the women in our community to join the discussion. I was completely overwhelmed by everyone’s responses.
Hands up from all the women in our community who never made a mistake. If we were in a room together, I can guarantee that no-one would be waving. Ok, maybe there would be one “class clown,” waving her hand, but, anyone who took the request seriously, would be sitting still.
Over the years, the concept of “retirement” has changed significantly. Our grandparents could expect to live a decade or so after reaching retirement age. Now, with life expectancy at age 65 almost double what it was when the Social Security Administration was founded in 1935, life after retirement is changing.
Not so long ago, life after 60 was supposed to be a time of “aging gracefully.” After years of productive work, both inside and outside of the office, women were expected to retire to a life of quiet contemplation.
Well, judging by my conversations with the other women in the Sixty and Me community, this really isn’t our generation’s style!