While the thought of living well sounds wonderful, the question is, just how do we do that? Is it a matter of eating well, sleeping enough, and getting plenty of exercise? Or, is it a matter of continuing to challenge yourself and stay spiritually connected? Consider that to live means to act. To live means you participate in life. You initiate action, create goals, make plans to help implement and work on the desired outcome, and dive in. Now consider that wellness refers to an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy fulfilling life. Living well means you believe, no matter what your age, that you are a work in progress. Still growing, still learning and still stepping outside your comfort zone.
The purpose of life is a life with purpose. Life purpose is something for which one is responsible. As Khalil Gibran once said, your work is your love made visible. Or simply stated, life purpose is about finding your gift and then giving it away. For some, the question that resonates the most after retirement is, who am I when I am no longer? All too often, what we do defines our self-identity. This can leave many retirees struggling to find their place in life. As a society, we are far too concerned with what people do for a living. And, because we have all been conditioned to think this way, we may lose our sense of purpose after retirement. But realizing you've lost your purpose is just the first step to finding a new one.
Active and engaged are two words synonymous with redefining retirement. Today, retirement is about reinvention, of your life, and how it’s lived. It’s a continuation of life that allows one to fulfill all the things they dreamed of doing. Whether that means embarking on an entrepreneurial endeavor, or continuing an education, retirement is a time in our life that continually expands. That is, if we allow it. At the end of the day, retirement means what ever you make it mean. And, what’s so great is that we can define it in whatever terms we want. When you approach retirement with curiosity and an open mind, the possibilities are endless.
Have you ever wondered what makes someone successful in retirement? Is it the money or how much they have? Not entirely, but it helps! While money plays an important factor in our life, money cannot buy happiness. One of the deepest-rooted desires of retirees is to live a fulfilled and happy life. But, to do this we need to be intentional when it comes to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. That’s because when one area of your life suffers, all the other areas will follow eventually. If you want to be successful in retirement, you need to strive for balance. By learning to embrace happiness and inner peace simply by changing and incorporating some healthy habits into your life, success is within your reach.
From the moment we are born, we begin to age. Getting older is inevitable. The years come with predictability and regularity that cannot be altered. It is only after we reach a certain age that we begin to wonder, if we’ve done all the right things. We can’t stop the aging process, but we can influence how well we age. You are not defined by your age. And, acting old now, well that’s just optional. Aging is natural and should be embraced. Aging well is our responsibility and what we should strive for. Aging well is a choice for most people. The decisions you make, your habits, and your lifestyle all affect how you live your retired years.
In life, the first act is always exciting. But, in life’s second act, that is where the depth comes in. If you are a boomer thinking about your second act. Odds are that two things rightfully and understandably are on your mind, money and health. But do not ignore the importance of purpose and meaning. Embracing your true self radiates natural beauty that cannot be diluted or ignored. Confident, powerful, and untamable, this is the very essence of who you are. In truth, how could it be otherwise? You are a part of a generation that reversed centuries of discrimination. For without you, where would we women be today? So, when you think that life has given you all that it can. Think Again!
Do you remember when you thought 60 was old? And, the word retirement conjured up images of aimless hours spent doing nothing with the notion that life as you knew it was over? Yet today’s baby boomers often look, feel, and play like old is the last thing you would ever call them. Today boomers, those over the age of 60, look and feel younger than their preceding generation did at that age. And, for a good reason. Many are embarking on new adventures, and trying all sorts of new things. Today’s retirees are made up of boomers who are redefining the retirement culture, and at the same time, are redefining aging.
The holiday season is almost always synonymous with food, and you know what that means. It is the time of the year when we indulge. And left unchecked, indulging can have you adding weight loss to your New Year’s resolutions. But, regardless of what we do over the holidays, achieving our best levels of fitness after fifty shouldn’t be an afterthought. That’s because, retirement can be the best time of your life, but only if you do it right.
Living, thriving, and having fun is what life after retirement should be like. Yet few of us take the time to stop and think what retirement actually is, let alone what it means personally. One of the most common misconceptions about life after retirement is that it must go according to a plan. But, life moves fast. And, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Whether your goal is to embrace a simpler lifestyle or create a more adventurous one. Rarely does life after retirement unfold according to plan.
Like many at Chateau La Jolla, Marjorie is a widow. However, she has an extensive family: two sons, a daughter, an adopted daughter, ten grandchildren, (ranging in age from thirteen to thirty five years) sixteen nieces and nephews, four stepchildren and six step grandchildren!