They say that life in retirement is all about “taking is easy.” They say that we are stuck in our ways, resistant to change and a drain on society. They say that we are destined for loneliness and social isolation, disease and despair.
What complete and utter nonsense! I say that our generation is redefining retirement. I say that we are ready to learn and ready to change the world. I say that we are capable of finding companionship and friendship, good health and happiness.
The secret is to reject society’s expectations and adopt your own bold vision for the future. Instead of accepting the idea that life after 60 a period of stagnation and stability, you can embrace movement, passion and purpose.
Today, I want to share with you a message from our “Aging Beautifully” deck of cards that really captures this idea. It says:
“Embrace the rhythm of life. Dance, sing and write. Learn new skills, embrace challenges, be creative and travel, even if it’s only to the next town over. Never allow your life to stagnate. Move, even if you are standing still. Every movement is sacred because it creates the rhythm of your life.” – Margaret Manning
If you are interested in getting our “Aging Beautifully” cards, you can get your deck here.
I love this message because it captures so much of what I believe about how life after retirement should be. There was a time when retirement was a destination. For our grandparents, who expected to spend less than 5 years in retirement, “taking it easy” made sense. Not for us!
Come on ladies! Most of us have 20-30 years to live! Think about where you were 20-30 years ago! That’s how long you still have to go! Do you really want to take it easy in the best years of your life?
Today, I am going to ask you to make a decision. Are you going to accept society’s rules and fade into insignificance, stagnation and poor health? Or, will you fight?
I believe with all of my heart that this is your moment. You have arrived at this point with 6 decades of wisdom and experience backing you up. Now it’s time to use your gifts to enhance your life and to make the world a better place. So, let’s get moving together!
Do you believe that life after retirement is a time for “taking it easy?” Or, are you ready to embrace movement, big plans and even bigger dreams? What does movement mean to you? Let’s have a chat!
P.S. If you want to start each day with positivity, please check out our “Aging Beautifully” cards. You deserve all the happiness this world can offer!