I was thinking about this subject this week and I became a little bewildered as a result.
For us Baby Boomers, that is a phrase we use and hear often and shockingly, I have even been guilty using it a time or two myself.
What does that sentence mean? What image comes to mind when someone uses it?
Though the person using this term does not mean to imply he or she is not worthy of any future consideration, the implication is: I have taken myself or allowed myself to be taken out of the activity of life. It means that person has come to the end of his working life and is ready to sit on the sidelines now and enjoy life.
In my mind, it is difficult to say, “I am retired”, and then go on to become productive in some other area of life. The word retired used to be used by older people who had worked all of their life and was looking forward to taking it easy.
But now, people of the same age are looking at life and wondering what else can they do that will be beneficial to mankind. What other contribution can they make to society?
Betty Davis once said, “old age is no place for sissies”. But Dr. Christiane Northrup tells us that getting older is inevitable, but aging isn’t. In her book, “Senior Wonders: People Who Achieved Their Dreams after Age 60, she discovered three things all people seem to have realized with success after 60: Passion, Perspective and Persistence, which she calls they the 3 P’s.
By Passion, she means any compelling emotion or feeling. These individuals either had a strong belief in what they were doing or in the case of those with an artistic bend, they couldn’t help creating, whether it was writing, painting or acting.
Perspective on life emerged as a theme when several seniors commented that they couldn’t have achieved their success at an earlier age. Having lived a long life enabled them to learn from failures and successes, establish a clear focus, and develop a unique perspective.
The term Persistence became apparent when it was observed that many seniors faced daunting obstacles and accomplished their goals by sheer will and determination.
Here is some other food for thought:
In 1954, at the age of 76, Elizabeth Arden, founder of the beauty empire that bears her name, kept fit by doing head stands.
In 1942, at the age of 76, H.G. Wells, who had dropped out of school at the age of 14, completed his doctoral dissertation earning a D.Sc. from London University.
In 1940, at the age of 80, Grandma Moses, who only started serious painting in her 70’s, staged her first solo show. She went on to work for another 20 years.
On August 20, 1994, at the age of 82, Fred Lasby completed a solo flight around the world in his single-engine Piper Comanche.
In 1789, at the age of 83, Ben Franklin adds to a long list of his inventions with something every mid-lifer can use, the bifocal glasses.
In 1961, at the age of 86, Robert Frost recites his poem, “The Gift Outright”, from memory at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.
In 1971, at the age of 90, Pablo Picasso was still at work as a painter, as was Georgia O’Keeffe in 1977.
One other thing all of these “retired” senior citizens seem to have had in common was a desire to continue making contributions to society. They had worked, if that is the proper word, up to that point in their lives. But to them it wasn’t work, it was pleasure. How can you retire from pleasure?
So, when someone says they are retired, are they telling more about their past or about their future?
What are your thoughts on being “retired”?
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