Not Quite Old Yet began, a year or so ago, as a friend-making group for active mature people. Soon it was obvious that people wanted a group where they were offered entertainment. Other groups emerged on Meetup with leaders more energetic about finding entertainment than I was.
After months of being dormant, the new-and-improved NQOY group will be composed of EXPLORERS who will be part of a study-and- support group that meets once or twice a month (TBD) for two hours at – maybe - the library, in the beginning, to sort out what we want out of our retirement years. (“Retirement” means many things to many people.)
We will have round-table personal introductions or discussions about three topics:
- What is my life right now? Am I retired? A caregiver? Post-caregiving? Empty nest? Working parttime?
- What do I want my life to be? What is missing? Purpose and Joy, Money, Sense of Community, Happiness or Fun, What defines me? How do I want to define me?
- What am I doing or could I be doing to better achieve my goals?
Roundtable discussions will be the main “entertainment” of each meeting. We’ll view at least one TED talk at the beginning of or prior to getting together, in order to spirit roundtable discussions about what each of us liked or hated about what the TED talk speaker said or what the talk makes each of us want to explore further, etc.
At some point during the meeting, we will also go around the circle and share, “What have you read lately that changed your thinking?” It might be a book, it might be an article or perhaps a poem. I – and/or members of the group – may bring articles to share with the group, dealing with the challenges of becoming NQOY successfully. You may bring a copy or post it (or a link to it) at the NQOY meetup page so everybody has access to it (without the cost of copying it).
(Financial planners or other recruiters are not welcome! We are NOT coming together so that you can sell us something. Salespeople will be blocked and banned.)