There was a time when people worked at one job most of their life, collected their gold watch at 65 and then moved to Florida. That was then and this is now. Today, the idea of retirement is being rewritten for a lot of reasons. The sheer number of people hitting retirement age is changing everything.
Baby-boomers have had a tough time rebuilding their retirement accounts since the financial crisis of 2008. Combine this with big changes in the employment landscape and people who thought they would be able to retire comfortably at 65 are now fighting an uphill battle to get a part-time job. Their skills are valuable, but their salaries and age may keep them from even getting an interview. Boomer’s are also finding themselves in the “sandwich generation.” Launching their young adult children while their own parent’s are aging can be a challenge. But the new retirement paradigm has also revealed some terrific opportunities.
We are living longer, active and healthier lives. We have accumulated expertise and knowledge. We also want to learn, experience and make change. After all, we are the generation that believed we could have it all. Many of us have grown up believing that we should be the change we want to see in the world. Volunteerism today reflects our desire to participate, contribute and make a difference. Women can choose from building homes with Habitat for Humanity, serving overseas with the Peace Corps, and more. Shelter and rescue groups always need an extra pair of loving hands. There is also a real need for mentoring in every community. Mentoring allows women of one generation to inspire and learn from another generation. What a great legacy!
There is no doubt that the internet has opened up access to workshops, classes, and speakers that can inspire and enrich our lives. But do you know that there are women right in your own circle that are doing amazing things? You just have to ask. I did and I discovered women doing all sorts of unexpected and inspirational things with their “retirement.” I will be introducing a series of interviews with every day women who are living their dreams after the age of 50. Follow this blog so you don’t miss out on a single post. A little teaser-if you have always dreamed of being a cowgirl, you won’t want to miss finding out what one of my friends is doing. At 70. Find out about a unique volunteering gig that one of my friends has found that has taught her that she is capable of doing more than she ever imagined.
Stay tuned. Inspiration is on it’s way.