Is there life after 60?
Is there life
For some people approaching their
retirement date is a cause for celebration - this is what they have
been looking forward to for the last 40 years! But for many the move
into "the third age" can be a frightening prospect. Where to live,
what to do with those free hours and for many people these days "is
there going to be enough money?" Enough for the necessities of life,
never mind the luxuries and the foreign travel you've been promising
yourself while struggling to pay the mortgage and educate the kids.
I firmly believe that approaching retirement can open up many new
opportunities for those not yet ready to take to the rocking chair and
watch the world go by. The one valuable commodity we will have is TIME
- time to learn new things, make new friends and even earn significant
residual income. Learning does not just mean learning a new hobby or
language or getting the qualifications we have always felt we lacked.
We can also learn more about ourselves and develop new life skills -
again we have a huge advantage here because the other thing we have
earned (very painfully sometimes) is experience. Self development (and
there is a lot of it available on the internet (free or very
reasonably priced) will gives us new insights which we can share with
family and friends. It will also ensure that we exercise our brains,
which we now know is as important as exercising our bodies.
It is not necessary to become slow and forgetful as we get older - yes
I know the jokes "now when I get upstairs not only have I forgotten
why I am here but where I started out from!!" Have you noticed that
the most interesting interviewees on TV chat shows are often the 80/90
year old actors and authors. I'm sure they were always fascinating
(probably why they became successful) but they have retained their
interest in life. They haven't retired, they are still working, still
learning and doing new things. So those of us not in the public eye
need to learn a lesson from them and looks for ways that we can
continue to develop and grow and, if necessary, earn the luxury money
while getting away from the long hours and the daily commute. We need
the time AND the money to spend with the grandchildren AND to do the
If we are open to new possibilities and actively looking for exciting
and satisfying ways to meet our requirements in the third age then the
opportunities are out there - go find them. Personally my top three
requirements are Health, Wealth and Happiness - and I believe that I
have found my answer. A new life that gives me the opportunity to meet
and work with new people, to help them and receive help from them, to
focus on my personal development now that I have time to do so and to
add to my assets so that I can live in the manner to which I have
always "wanted to be accustomed"!
I wish you joy in your own personal
search for whatever you need and wish for - just remember to keep an
open mind and think of this as a new beginning not an end.
About the Author:
Judith runs two business (Training and
Health/Personal Development) One provides normal income and the other
enables her to develop a residual income (i.e., not solely based on
her own efforts). The latter will fund an exciting third age which
will enable her to live the life she has always dreamed of.
Additional Information and
webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
Senior Care Psychological Consulting 2451 Executive Dr. Ste.
103 St. Charles, Missouri 63303 (636) 300-9922