There are many people who consider retirement to be a blissful payoff for a lifetime of hard work. On the other hand, there are those who have a hard time going from working to not working. They identify themselves as what they did for a living, and forget that retirement is about finding purpose and meaning. Transitioning to a fulfilling, successful retirement can be scary. But remember, you are in control of aging successfully.
Whether you wish to write a novel, or drop everything to pursue a life dream, you can lead the life you’ve always wanted. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” In a world where so much is expected of you, one of the greatest rewards of retirement is when you no longer have to worry about fulfilling all of those expectations.
As a retiree, you are in the driver’s seat. And, while it is not always easy to transition to a life where no one is telling you what to do, fear not. If the freedom feels a bit scary, now is the time to turn that fear into passion. Now is your opportunity not just to reinvent yourself, but to become your true self. Remember, you are NEVER too old to begin again!