Having Purpose in Retirement

Greetings! I trust that this will find you well and enjoying life.
I want to challenge you to examine something about yourself. My question to you is, what are you developing that you can become good at to pursue and use in retirement to provide value and meaning in your life, regardless of your age? What skill, art form, talent or service to society are you developing that will allow you to feel good about who you are as a person? As we get older life has a way of taking from us things that provide value and meaning; like our stuff that we have accumulated or loved ones. Unless we are deliberate in taking care of ourselves and looking down the road, we may find ourselves struggling for meaning when we need it and if that happens it will likely be too late to develop resources such as these.
I read a book titled “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All”. From the title you can pretty much guess what the book was about. The writer told the story from the perspective of an elderly lady who had lived a lot of life, had outlived her family and was in her last days of a long life in a nursing home. She made a statement that “when you get old you need to be good at something”. I surmised that she was speaking to what I am addressing above. That being that we need to be certain that as we age; we continue to develop resources that give us worth, give us purpose and that we are deliberate about developing these type resources.
Success in retirement involves succeeding in living which covers a lot more than finances.
If I can answer questions or help in any way don’t hesitate to call.
Best regards,
Jeff Christian CFP, CRPC

Grab your courage with both hands.


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