The term retirement dates to 1889, and is rapidly becoming an obsolete term. It was first used for soldiers who were pensioned off during the reign of Otto von Bismark in 1889. In that century men were expected to live two years after turning 65.
In a recent Sixty and Me article I addressed three things about retirement that can take us by surprise. The next topic worth examining, as you consider your life during retirement, is a simple question that’s loaded with possibility: What are you yearning for?
This weekend, I had reason to look at the statement “finding purpose in retirement.” It is a statement I find myself using often.
For many, finding purpose points to finding the deep spiritual meaning of life which may not seem relevant when used in the context of retirement. This is why I would like to look at it more carefully.
Some things in life are easier not to think about, like death, taxes or facing a major transition such as retirement. Fortunately, my son, a financial advisor and business owner, had one of those “Mom, let’s sit down and talk about your finances” discussions with me several years ago.
My life is passing before my eyes. And yet I’m healthy and vibrant, full of energy, enthusiasm and lots of gratitude. So what’s going on?
Every life transition has both peaks and valleys. We become excited about new possibilities, yet we can’t avoid the shadows. Transitioning into retirement isn’t any different. It’s a glorious and fun-filled time of life. And it has a darker side.
Like most American teenagers, I couldn’t wait to get my first driver’s license. That was more years ago than I care to admit, and I’ve had a love-hate relationship with driving ever since.
Lately, this question has been on my mind a lot. I’m nearly 70 and have been blessed to own my personal business. Yet, because of my age, I am also getting asked this same question by others: “Are you retired?”