Retirement Out! Life Transition In!
How many times have you heard someone say that they can't wait to retire?
What many people are really saying is that they have other things in their life they would rather be doing. For some, it means they want more unstructured time to spend in pursuits they love. For others, it means they have postponed doing things they wanted to do in order to work, to earn an income to support themselves and perhaps their family.
Like many things today, in the 21st century, we are using the meanings of words created in eras that no longer exist. In the early 19th century the word retirement was not commonly used to refer to a time when a person stopped working but in the late 1800's, Germany adopted the age of 65 as a time when a person could stop working and receive some benefits. In the United States, the word retirement came into common usage in the early 20th century and in the 1930's was adopted as the official time to stop working and receive benefits. Remember, in the 1800's and the early 1900's, our countries were mainly agricultural economies and labor intensive manufacturing. "Retirement" made sense for 2 reasons: First, most who were working would be physically unable to continue in their jobs around the age of 65 and second, our life expectancy was about that same age.
Today, we are living longer. Life expectancy is around 79 and expotentially moving forward. Some research and projections are showing that children being born today will easily live 150 years and those of us living now to 120. In 2008, Barbara Walters did an ABC special on living to 150. Technology rules our work environment so we physically don't have to retire. What we are really doing is transitioning. At 65, 40% of us have the potential to live another 55 years.
What's the difference between the people who "can't wait" until they retire and those that say they will never retire? How do you visualize being older rather than old?
Join me May 11 in Peoria or May 12th in Paradise Valley at Encore Senior Living for a live discussion on the importance of changing how we view this stage of life.
I will also be leading this discussion as a free online teleseminar the week of May 16th as a preview to a series of group coaching calls to help you create and refine a new vision for yourself. A vision with actions that change as you do. A vision that includes vibrant life fulfilling activities. Sign up today for my Teleseminar Newsletter to get the details for this and my upcoming Age Inspired Wisdom teleseminar of experts.