What Does Freedom Have to Do With Retirement?

Posted by [email protected] on July 19, 2020 at 1:35 PM

I need to thank friends who recently responded with thoughts about the best part of retirement. Everyone agreed it was with the feeling of freedom and aliveness which was their number one response.


As we have or are about to valiantly move forward and break out of the work cocoon, we will naturally take on new risks to relate and watch our true colors re-appear.


Isn't it true that most of us have spent a near lifetime battling in the workplace as captive, with pressure not to act, speak, or think without causing a problem ?


It is said that boredom will seek out our souls and damage our psyches. Perhaps retired life should be described as a time to be dangerous; dangerously fun loving, dangerously honest and dangerously alive.


Certainly, we’ve been given many opportunities to blossom in our lives, and retirement is not different, so there should be nothing to hold us back from enjoying ourselves to the hilt.


Whatever we are needed for, we can do. Whatever must be said, we can say it. Aside from this pandemic, I hope we'll still find time to go the family that waits for us and to strangers that need us.


With the newly found sense of independence and freedom, there is light for a higher quality of life and a time to live with strength Now it is simply time to spend time, well managed.


This is a time to become inwardly aware of ourselves and consider how we've treated others, to reconnect and re-visit forgotton memories.


This is the time to do most everything we can possibly do with all of life we can bring into it and not a time to be reminded that we are getting older.


And why are new adventures so important? For one thing, a life of boredom can literally and figuratively kill us. Adventure is never giving up, always moving forward and overcoming fear and become stronger.


Adventure is sometimes getting injured, yet wounds heal and we go forward again because giving up is not in our vocabulary. Research validates that those who challenge their minds and bodies live longer and have a better quality of life.


In Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, she says, “The world needs more people who have come alive. Since we all have gifts and talents to share with the world, it’s by cultivating them that brings meaning, and what becomes meaningful is up to each unique person".


She also warns that if we don’t use what we’ve been given, we will most likely pay for it emotionally and physically. "You are now free as a retiree to spend as much time as you like on what makes you happy."


We have all accumulated our stories about who we are and what we’re supposed to do and not do.Some tactics will work and some won’t.


You only have one life, so it's important to dig deep to find a certain level of pride and commitment. Use time as a vehicle, to dip your toes into lots of different activities and experiences. Perhaps then we will more than likely be able to figure out this thing called retirement.


Stereotypes be damned.

Growing Older with Grace sessions help redefine aging and challenge traditional approaches by asking seniors to make wise choices and continue to lead productive, gratifying lives. Workshops and webinars have been are designed to address nutrition, physical and mental fitness, community links, lifelong learning, health and spirituality, social relationships, leisure time, recreations skills, and self-empowerment. Jaye Wurtzel is their Organizer and Group Retirement Coach.


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