|Posted by [email protected] on August 1, 2020 at 9:20 AM|
It's a lazy afternoon and I simply wanted to express a few thoughts and, hopefully, identify who we are as "prime timers" in this newly coined term for retired folk.
We are women, we nourish, we give life, and are often satisfied, sitting on the sidelines, making sure that those we love are healthy and happy. And that’s ok, as long as we can remember not to stray too far off the path of self-care, self-significance and self-importance.
After all, we have earned the right to live a life of ease and can now make it our time for self-indulgence and accomplishment of our dreams.
First, I’d like to point out a great book, written by Jeff Olson, which has helped me develop new ways of thinking, to re-bound and re-create a new approach to retired living. Using simple principles The Slight Edge, written for the general public, has served to keep me motivated during this Covid pandemic and has literally moved me off the couch to make some new decisions.
I'm actually trying, here, to lead you to setting yourself up with some quiet time with yourself. It might do to relax with a cup of tea and tackle a few of the following questions on your own time. Some may feel this isn’t important and some may have already answered these questions over and over again. Nevertheless, these moments are a great time to turn inward, so here goes:
1. If you’re going to live to 80, 90, 100 or more, what can you accomplish? And what do you need to plan for? Really now, twenty to thirty or more years is a long time to sit and do practically nothing.
2. How can you make certain you’re living life to the fullest? You might begin to think and write about your greatest talents that you can put to use. This is important.
3. What are the moments from life that define you and make you the person others want to get to know and hang around with? Are you becoming a more capable person, one more interesting and valuable to be around?
4. What are some of the opportunities you have found which make retirement as fulfilling as you had hoped it would be? Are you learning new skills and sharpening old ones?
5. The way you eat, the way you exercise, the way you take care of yourself- are all these building a greater feeling of health and vibrancy each day?
Perhaps if someone asked me to answer all of these questions in one sitting, I would probably tell them to take a hike. Nevertheless, I put them out here to stir up “the works”, and if they bring reflection, then these questions have served their purpose. No one will be watching you or will hold out the whip but you might find new inspiration by answering.
A word of warning; if you believe that your life will slow down and capabilities will diminish as you get older, then that’s exactly what will happen. On the brighter side, a new life as a “prime-timer” lies ahead and is waiting for you to grab and take off!
Categories: Women Growing Older Gracefully