Lately I have had several reminders that I am getting up there. (Like the tree.)
First the government papers arrived for my pension. Apparently I have to sign up soon. Hmm.
Then I spent some time with a peer and when it was revealed she was the same age as my oldest daughter, 36, I really started to feel old.
And I confess at one of my events the other night, I found myself fading when it was over.
But you know what, 64 is just a number and I really don’t feel like a senior and I still have lots I want to do.
Now I am not quite as daring as the 100 year old woman who recently went sky-diving, but I am not ready to retire and sit quietly at the farm. Like the tree, I have an arm reaching out.
And I believe it is that arm that will keep me young and vital. Lately I have attended my share of funerals – mostly people in their fifties – which makes you realize that if you have dreams, do them now. What are you waiting for?
So often we say that we’re going to do something when we retire but I am not sure that many of us boomers want to retire. For me that feels like a death sentence. In fact when I worked in HR, it often was. We would do all the paperwork for someone’s retirement, only to learn that a month later, he was gone.
Now part of it I am sure is having a plan, and having interests beyond work. Sadly our identity is so caught up in what we do, rather than who we are, and so when you are no longer working, who are you?
I’ve personally found that volunteer work gives you so much and that is a pursuit you can follow, no matter your age. It is good to do something beyond ourselves.
What is the arm or branch in your life that is growing?
by Anne Day
Ontario Partner WBE Canada
Entrepreneur of the Year, Oakville 2009
Recipient of TIAW World of Difference Award
Author of Day by Day Tales of Business, Life and Everything in Between