Today’s Featured Comment
I retired 3 months ago after a 38 year in corporate America. Two books that have been a great guide are both by Suzanne Braun Levine.
First read “Inventing The Rest Of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood,” and then “50 Is The New Fifty”. It doesn’t matter if you are 50 or 70, the messages apply.
Enjoy! I think this next phase will be great fun!
I just found “Inventing the Rest of Our Lives” and particularly love the concept of the”fertile void” – the time period when lots might be happening, but we can’t quite see it. It is not a comfortable time but an important one. In twelve days I will become an “ex teacher” and, after a busy summer, will enter my “fertile void”.
When people ask me what I have planned next I tell them I’m not quite sure but I made the decision to retire with the assumption that when I open my life to something new, something new is bound to come along. I’m reminded of the image of a trapeze artist – she has to let go in order to fly to the next bar. I’ll be flying and hoping that next bar shows up as planned!
Of course I am so incredibly thankful to have the economic freedom that allows me to do this. It is a gift that I do not take lightly. I send my gratitude to my dear departed dad, my boyfriend, even my ex husband and to the union trailblazers who ensured my pension.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]