Navigating Life Change To A New Season

Navigating Life Change To A New Season
According to C.S. Lewis, you are “never too old to set another goal or dream another dream” and it seems this is the best advice for anyone who wants to enjoy a dynamic second-half life change from success to significance.  Retirement to “the leisure life” rarely works.  Each of us is made for something special; something only we are uniquely gifted and called to do.  The mind does not shut down.  It still needs something to stimulate and excite, and some of the happiest people are those who explore their move from one season to the next as something like a new territory, opening up what it offers, getting clear on their calling, and finding new ways to express themselves.  The key is not doing the same thing over again but finding new ways to use your life skills.  Moving into a season of significance isn’t about climbing the corporate ladder, working long hours, or seeking advancement. It’s a time to celebrate all you know and use it to give back.

Some will reach this season with a good financial plan and adequate cash flow, while others may need or want to remain in the marketplace or create a supplemental income stream.  An interest or hobby can generate income, such as writing or making things to sell, and there are also part time and consultant opportunities where you can share your skills AND engage your unique calling.

A Merrill Lynch/Age Wave study found that the single most important ingredient for happy retirement is good health. This would also apply to changing life seasons. If you tended to neglect your health before, start now by working on being more healthy. Eat a nourishing diet and get some regular exercise. Engage a health coach or dietitian to help you create a plan. The better you feel, the more fully you will be able to live out and enjoy your calling.

Of course, if you want to go fishing, take a trip, or play some golf, by all means do that. We all need outlets for fun in our personal lives. But remember, most people find that too much leisure loses its appeal in short order.  The encouraging thing, however, is there are lots of ways to make your new season the happiest, and most productive, time of your life.