The Inspired Retired

lilvix08 By lilvix08, 30th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The hardest thing in life is doing nothing 'cause you never know when you are finished. Retirement is merely ending one journey and beginning another. It should be a fun experience.

How It Begins

Looking back, you probably had a paper route at age 12 or, helped with the family business on some level.

At age 18, you found a job and have worked ever since. It's the only facet of life you know and in which you are comfortable.

You are now 65, just put in 25 years at the job and are officially considered "retired." Your body tells you it's time to take a break and reward yourself, but your mind says to keep going. You are now standing at life's new crossroads.

For most people, retirement is a welcomed change. It enables them to catch up with their favorite hobbies; spend time with friends, family, grandkids; maybe do some traveling or (don't laugh) go back to school and take a few college courses. You never got to further your education for whatever reason and, yeah, let's throw in some dance lessons, too; you sat it out at the last two weddings and watched others have all the fun.

The New Prospective: "Keeping Jiggy"

While most companies welcome the “ready to retire” employee's request for an extended stay, other companies often request the retiree's return in the same or, a different capacity. They regard this person as an exemplary employee with a great track record, as opposed to the younger generation who, with few exceptions, choose put their social life before professional commitment.

Money is no longer the worry. For the most part you have the monthly Social Security and, perhaps, a healthy pension to sustain you; however, truth be told, it's about your link to sanity which means keeping busy or, my personal favorite, "Keeping Jiggy".

Simply put, you now see the same job but in a different light. You feel more energized, productive and less stressed.because this time you chose to be here. You also master the upgraded software and are somewhat of a role-model for the younger employees. You share your vintage wisdom on life, along with a few new dance steps; hence you are affectionately known as the office's "Aging Teenager."

Lori's Logic on Retirement

Sitting home and watching life go by is unhealthy. The body and mind is a machine that must be well-oiled and exercised on a regular basis; otherwise mental/physical illness will find its way to a permanent stay.

Generally speaking, finding work should not be a taxing experience. At this point in your life, it should be something you enjoy doing and the dollars are welcomed as well.

Websites now offer employment opportunities for "50+." Knowledge is food for the brain and the brain must be nourished every day. The jobs vary from simple to somewhat challenging, depending on your level of comfort.

Through my experience as a former HR Staffing Coordinator, I have seen the returning retiree intentionally underrate their skills on the application then go "full throttle" with proven success on the actual job - like a race horse, pacing itself for the Finish Line.

Age is merely a number; hence, Retirement is merely ending one journey and beginning another; hence, the Aging Teenager.



Aging Teenager, Extended Stay, Inspired Retiree, Returning To The Workplace After 65

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author avatar lilvix08
Born in August, this lioness has a "roar" of her own. Fred Astaire Original; Field of expertise: Self-Confidence, Relationships. Love writing product reviews.

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