Did you know that most people spend 1/3 of their life in ‘retirement’? The concept of retirement has changed drastically over the years. It used to be a term used to describe someone in the last quarter of their life, 65 and up. In a post by the Social Security Administration, contrary to common belief most people do not opt for retirement because of poor health, rather from a combination of reasons such as unpleasant job, cut backs or just wanted to do something else. They are yearning for ‘something’ much earlier.
I can totally relate to the new retirement era. I had the perfect combination of life events merge which allowed me to retire early. At the time I might have called it the perfect storm but in reality it was the urging of the universe pushing me to my purpose. It was not ‘my’ plan at all.
As most of us do, we start envisioning the future and ‘what will I do” in retirement. At the time it was just a vision, forecast to be several years down the road. Being from Michigan my dream was to move to a warmer, dry climate. However, believe in the power of manifestation. I released the vision into the universe and a higher power created a timeline for me. My 5 to 7 year plan went to a brief 4 month whirlwind. In a blur I went from working a prestigious job, receiving options for layoff or retirement, opting for the latter, moving to a totally new state, building a house then – “starting my retirement”. It was my life plan, it happened a lot faster than anticipated. In this vast whirlwind of events, I had some unfinished details. What will I do?
I went through a series of experiments and ‘worked in several capacities. Until the realization that I needed to get back to my passion and create my purpose. Retirement is actually the beginning of something new. It is an opportunity to shift focus and become more purpose driven. Delve into it and start asking What’s next?
Dr. Boyd is the author of, The Wealthy Teacher, Answering the question What’s next? Morgan James Publishing, NYC