Redefining Retirement

How do you define retirement?  We’ve been “retired” for about 2 1/2 years and we’re barely scratching the surface of understanding the concept. What we do know is that we’re not about to sit back while life passes us by.  Let’s face it, life is short and if you’re of the boomer age…

Here’s what’s so exciting about our baby boomer generation – we’ve figured out we don’t have to accept the golden handshake and step away from life.  Want to keep right on working?  Go for it!  Want to retire early and travel the world, go for it!  Or, volunteer or become a gentleman farmer, or go back to school, or walk the Camino de Santiago!  The world is our oyster and we’re here to hopefully help others redefine retirement.

So far, we’ve retired twice.  I think this time it will stick, but never say never.  We don’t believe you have to have all of your ducks in a row before you take that leap of faith. Sometimes, you don’t even know the questions.  But it’s a good idea to have a game plan.  And, with our generation, creativity and thinking outside of the box (such a cliche) are a big part of that game plan.

When we retired, for the second time, in 2014 we relocated from the west coast to the east coast and as we traveled across country, in a big yellow truck, ideas came to me about transitioning into retirement.  Each idea was born out of a particular experience while on the road.  At the time I wrote the list for fun, but as I look back on it, I think I nailed it.

  1. Jibber Jabber until you get it out of your system
  2. Enjoy the comfortable silence
  3. Look for moments of beauty
  4. Treat yourself to something yummy for breakfast
  5. Do something really big right away
  6. Define your personal vision of retirement
  7. Connect with a friend you haven’t seen for way too long
  8. Take a long drive together
  9. Let go of emotional baggage
  10. Embrace the unknown possibilities

It’s a pretty good list, right?  So here we are with our feet newly planted in retirement trying to figure it out as we go, which has led to the launching of this page; an on-going work in progress source of information for those looking for a little inspiration when it comes to redefining retirement.  And it’s a place to share the stories of others who are breaking free from the culture of traditional retirement.

Redefining Retirement – Meet Pete & Betsy and Michael & Larissa

Redefining Retirement – Meet Darrell & Roxanne, Tom & Kristin and Richard & Anita

So stop by from time to time to see what’s new. And, if you’re so inclined, leave a comment and tell us how you’ve defined your path of retirement.

update

As reported by U.S. News & World Report:

1. There are just over 40 million Americans age 65 and older, and they make up 13 percent of the population. By 2030, when all the baby boomers will have passed age 65, the over-65 crowd will reach 20 percent of the population. At that time the median age of Americans will increase to 39.6 years, up from 37.2 today and a significant increase from a little under 30 in the 1960s and ’70s.

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