Sometimes I think that I am going crazy!!! I read a lot of books, articles, and magazines about Boomers and what’s best for them in their “retirement years.” I watch the “experts” all gussied up on the television talk shows and review training videos that try to convince Boomers that “life isn’t over” and “they can still do lots of things” as they transition into retirement.
Now wait just a minute! I am not dead, nor on the verge of collapse just because I’ve had a few more birthdays that most! My mind, as well as my back still work, and I don’t want to be “put out to pasture” just because someone determined that a date on a calendar said it was time! And neither should you …
The question you should be asking yourself is not, “What do the experts say I should do?” but rather, “What do you want to do?” While it is true that many of us reach this time in our lives when our children are gone and we have more time to consider our own, but that doesn’t mean we should be considered “less productive” or “less valuable” than we have been before. As a matter of fact, my opinion is just the opposite. I think we can use this second chapter in our lives to do magnificent, brilliant, and incredibly valuable things, that have to this point been “back burner thoughts.”
The question is, “What do you want to do?” Don’t listen to the voices who tell you to stop living and start sitting. Don’t let the younger generations tell you that “you had your time, now its ours.” Keep you head up, keep dreaming, and make the second chapter of your life a truly awesome experience!