By Guest Author Manya Arond-Thomas, M.D.
A disconcerting question for those who have just retired or are nearing “retirement”, as Boomers face what is often a big unknown. The conventional wisdom of life after retirement is that it’s a time to enjoy oneself after many years of working hard and paying dues, and to do all the things we’ve deferred.
Yet perhaps more than any other generation alive, boomers have to come to terms with the numerous big changes in personal, financial, and social norms and expectations that have influenced and shaped our lives.
We’ve lived through the period of greatest economic abundance and equality in history (though not all benefited from it) only to see the prosperity we took for granted slip through our fingers just as we’re ready to no longer be working so hard. Economic and political volatility and uncertainty now buffet us continuously. We’re living longer but just when our life stage has even those of us who relished change and adventure wanting the kind of stability (and security) that we grew up with, it has vanished.
The changing nature of work - thanks to technology and globalization - further leaves us wondering whether we can actually earn an income if we want or need to.
And societal norms – at least in the West – still treat life after 60 as winding down. Yet, in some ways we’re at the height of our power – still vital and with a wealth of learning and life/work experience.
“How can I make a meaningful contribution or difference with my knowledge, experience, talents and skills?”
“I don’t think I’m ready to not work at all but I have no idea what I want to do next.”
“Is it possible to have an encore career at this stage of life?”
“I don’t have enough retirement savings to live the life I want now. What should I do?”
“What is my/our best option for moving forward?”
If you’re a Boomer who finds yourself feeling uncomfortably stuck and at a loss for what to do now that you’re without the structures of career, work, and children, there is a new resource designed to help you sort through the confusion. The “What’s Next Program for Boomers”, created by coach, counselor and guide, Dr. Manya Arond-Thomas, is a structured personalized four-month coaching program that will guide and support you in creating a roadmap for the next phase of your life with purpose, fulfillment, and ease.
You can learn more about it at http://www.awakeintheandes.com/services/coaching-for-change/, or by contacting Dr. Manya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boomer Retirement Life Tips ($1.99)