Finding Light in our Second Life
If you're anything like me, you thought you had a plan for the retirement years, what I call my Second Life. I don't mean a financial plan. No, that part is easy- or at least the TV commercials try to make us think. No, I mean the day-to-day stuff that makes life worth living – like hobbies, travel to unexplored places, new or renewed friendships, and family relationships, serving somehow in the community, continuing to make a difference in the world. All these are part of the mosaic that makes up a satisfying life of purpose. And that's the gist of it, isn't it? We all want to create a life of purpose, especially after the intensity and mission-driven focus of our working years have waned.
That's what I mean when I say, Finding Light for Our Second Life. Shining a light on the many areas of our lives that beckon us to do some exploration, some adjustment, some renewal, and even some major overhauls once we are faced with those mornings where a commute to the office or the work
site no longer press upon us. What are we going to do to find or create light in this, Our Second Life?
For each of us, the light will shine with it's own unique spectrum – streaming out, drawing you forward into areas that you may have longed for since you were a kid, or peeking through clouds of challenge that may threaten to block out the light unless you shift your perspective a bit to see the glory in the struggle to renew.
I have to confess, I have been a career counselor and life transitions coach for a long time… a really long time and finding and holding on to the light I am seeking- figuring out who I am in retirement - has been one of the most challenging life transitions I have faced so far. Sometimes I feel like a kid of 17, trying to figure out who I will be now that I am no longer who I was at work – only this kid has lots of life lessons stored up. Some of those lessons guide me now, and some hold me back from expressing the self that I know is eager to show herself.
In this blog, I hope to share some of what I have learned, some of what others have taught me, and some of the ideas that you may share with the rest of us. Let's use this space to stretch our thinking, so that each of us may find just the right light to shine in this, Our Second Life. Come on along… Let's figure it out together.
What are the most challenging issues you have faced in finding your own light in retirement? Drop me a note at Kathy@KathyFlora.com and share with all of us what gives you light.