Who said work is a four-letter word?
The Goldilocks scenario Finding a satisfying middle ground between what Marc Freedman, the founder of Civic Ventures, calls “the fallacy of 30 years of R&R” and our significant need to find meaning through imparting our collective wisdom, the sheer numbers of 60-somethings are having an effect on how people actually live during retirement. Some would say they’re creating a new stage of life by choosing an encore career.
If you find yourself in this position of wanting to retire without giving up entirely on being active, there are more options for you now than ever before in history. You may want to seek out opportunities for heartfelt jobs, artistic pursuits, spiritual quests, volunteer vacations, or job adventures abroad such as the Peace Corps.
Websites now abound with information on how to help adults in the second half of life set a course, connect with peers, and find pathways to significant service.
Groups like Experience Corps work to solve serious social problems here in the U.S. You can even use Craigslist to help you get involved in your community and find flexible jobs or volunteer opportunities. Boomers simply won’t go quietly into the good night. Nor should they.
Work or volunteer?
It’s the American Way to be original and productive, and our generation illustrates both of these qualities. Yet if you fear that America isn’t ready to deal with older workers, take heart — there is growing evidence to the contrary.
For these people, mentoring at SCORE, helping at Learning for Life, or volunteering time at your local hospice, food banks, or community colleges can also bring rewards beyond expectation. Money is not the only measure of wealth in a society.
Editor’s Notes: Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website or on Amazon.com.