We had a full and interesting discussion around Aging We all Do It at our last meetup. New ideas for upcoming topics were also discussed. Several people showed an interest in the idea of Work during Life's Third Trimester so here are some ideas around that topic. I'll be posting some seed question to accompany this topic soon. Also look for a list of resources that were suggested from our last meetup discussion. You are all welcome to add to this list, just send me an email and I'll post them.
If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we are not really living.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
~ Gail Sheehy ~
It doesn’t matter what your past experience with the world of work has been. There is a wide range of mix of experiences in our age group.
Some of us have worked for one employer all our lives or a series of employers. Some of us have always been self employed, self generating entrepreneurial persons. Some of us have tried entrepreneurial work during our Learning Years and gone back to employment later as our needs changed.
We have held traditional roles, we have broken free of tradition . We learned and grown from every experience with work we have had. And, that was good for our Learning Years, our first two trimesters.
Here, in the Third Trimester we often experience change in regard to our perspective about the world of work.
- Days seem shorter
- Less is more
- We work when we want, or can
- We often have the experience of being “fuller” than before
- Work itself becomes an end, not a means and we actually enjoy it
The idea of re-tire-ment changes too. It’s as though we get a new set of tires for that vehicle that has served us for so many years. We actually can create a new version of how we want our lives to be after 60. What are you planning for your new lifestyle? Is work a joy or a necessary burden? How do you view work now?