Every day of your life is valuable and deserving of the things you are drawn to or feel gifted to bring to your community. How will you shape this stage of life?
Paths to Reinventing Retirement
The people I see who want to plan or reinvent their retirement come from at least one of these five main paths. Which of these do you relate to?
Discerning What's Next
People in each of the groups above have goals that need to be addressed in a unique way. But there is one focus common to all: the desire to discern what they want life to look like going forward. Most want meaning and purpose. Their means to how that unfolds takes shape in one of three ways:
Shortly after that conversation, I saw a video of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, entitled "The Flight of the Hummingbird: The Curiosity-Driven Life". After traveling around and talking to audiences about finding 'that one driving passion' to guide their lives, she came to realize that only some people are driven by a consuming passion. Just as important and vital to the world are those who bring curiosity to the world, which acts as a cross-pollinator for ideas.
Looking back over my life (and looking forward), curiosity is woven throughout. I’ve thought about, learned about, and done a wide array of activities. I once had a manager whom I suspect wasn’t fond of corralling someone with my creativity or curiosity. Shaking her head, she told me that when I die my epitaph will be, “She thought about doing a lot of things”. She was right, I have thought about doing a lot of things and I have done many of them. At the time, I didn't feel great about hearing that. At this stage of my life, I love the life of curiosity I’ve led. And through my curiosity, I would also put myself in the passion-filled group. The ability to be curious is my passion.
Shaping Your Retirement
How will you and do you approach retirement? Do you have a burning passion that shapes your days? Do you know there is something there, but aren't sure what it is yet? Or are you committed to "letting your nose lead you" each day?
What's important is that it is right for you. If you love to be curious, don't beat yourself up trying to find a hobby or passion to do consistently. If you have a passion that drives you, find ways to prioritize your time and go headlong into it. If you're not sure what your passion is or even whether you have something you will land on, maybe curiosity is a great place to discover it.
Open yourself to the idea that curiosity and passion may feed each other. How can curiosity further deepen what you do with your passions? How can you be passionate about following your curiosity? I love that both can travel with us in some manner, no matter what our age or ability.
Questions for reflection and conversation:
There's More to Life.
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