I was browsing the book Retirement Maze when I came across this comment: ‘Retirement is a full-time job’. That made me pause. Don’t we retire to get away from work, the job? Is it to go to another?
What will you do in retirement? For many, the lure of travel, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new activities and events are at the top of their ‘to do’ retirement list.
You are who you are, which means that when it comes to retirement you shouldn’t try to live someone else’s retirement. You need to remember who you are.
Many people look forward to moving to an idyllic retirement spot, others to build or renovate their dream home. Much planning goes into their new home, but sometimes a few things are overlooked.
Agnes, Howard, and James all had dreams for their retirement. Agnes wanted to breed puppies; Howard wanted to take up acting; James wanted to sail the seven oceans. None of it happened. They arrived at the time of life when they were able to follow their dreams but allowed them to die.
A survey and report by the Harris Poll organisation shows that Americans are envious of friends who put on social media pictures of lavish vacations and purchases. They admit that they do the same thing, but that doesn’t take away the envy.
Just as you should try to develop a financial portfolio for your retirement, you should also have a life portfolio. That’s according to Anna Rappaport who, at 78 years of age, has her own life portfolio.
One of the best ways to approach retirement is to create a portfolio life. That’s Peter Black’s advice at a time when, he says, there is no longer a real model for retirement. Peter is a business and executive coach and also an accredited retirement coach. There’s so much more in this conversation.
Natural environments can lift us emotionally in rich and profound ways. This is because they impact positively on our limbic system (the centre of emotions in the brain, which, if stimulated in the right way is our ‘home of happy.’)
Peter Black is a business and executive coach and also an accredited retirement coach. He talks about the challenges brought on by retirement and of what is often an ‘emotional roller coaster’ going from a structured work life to, essentially, a blank canvas.