Whether you are starting over because your marriage ended, or because you are a widow or an empty nester, it is a time to refocus your life. And with that new focus, come new possibilities.
So, you are starting over on a new path and you are killing it! You are happy, you are fulfilled and you are living the life you have always dreamed of living. But, no matter how much you keep telling yourself how great your new life is, you are lonely. Yep, there are times when you are crushingly lonely.
If you’re wondering how to feel less lonely, it is easy to feel like the situation is out of your control. After all, we can’t control how other people feel or think.
We know that growing older and living alone is hardest when residing in the suburbs. In urban areas are we have access to public transportation and potentially more people to interact with daily.
According to Pew Research Center, globally, there are 604 million (plus) people in the 65 and older category. In the United States, the 76 million Baby Boomers magnify the 65-plus group that stretches to over 50 million today.
Most women in their 60s are headed for a solo future. Are you prepared for yours?
Millions of Americans are finding themselves on their own as they head toward retirement. Some are solo by circumstance, others by choice. Baby Boomers – all of them – are driving new trends in housing, work, caretaking and traveling while also redefining what it means to be part of a community.
Alone – without others present
Lonely – solitary, companionless, isolated
Lonesome – feeling lonely or forlorn
Why do so many women feel alone, lonely and lonesome? Could it possibly have something to do with choice? Is there a simple explanation that could turn these sad, often heartbreaking feelings around? Could we reverse being lonely and lonesome without involving other people, professionals, friends or family? Is it possible? Is it a choice?
Are you in your 60s and single? Whether you find yourself solo by choice or by chance, embrace your independence! You’re certainly not alone.
I hope you noticed that I didn’t title this article, “How to Survive the Holidays, Alone.”
No! This is about making sure to celebrate the holidays if you are alone.
Living solo is more common than most of us want to admit.
Over 25 percent of people over the age of 65 live alone in the United States and the statistic grows throughout the world. And in some U.S cities, the numbers swell to over 40 percent.