I don’t know if you relate to that word or not. If you are one of the 10,000 Baby Boomers who, every day, reach the traditional age of retirement, 65, or won’t hit it for another 10 years or have hit it in the past 10 or so years-my category; we need to talk.
Yogi Berra famously said; “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
Back when our fathers reached age 65 people typically got a gold watch and thanks for your 40 years of loyal service. They then bided their few remaining years in a rocking chair.
That is no longer the norm.
Most of us have not been with same company for anywhere near 40 years. In fact, most of us have had more than one career in different companies. We now continue to work or, given the increased life span medical science has given us, plan to find some other way to spend our time for the next 25, 30 years or more.
This increase in longevity and options open to us has created a whole host of opportunities and challenges for us in this “second chapter” of our lives.
I’m Byron Thompson and since my own “retirement”, 15 years ago, I’ve spent my time looking for the answer to the question I’ve heard over and over again, in doing the research for my next book on successful retirement. That question, in one form or another, is ‘What do I do now, now that I’m no longer a——?”
We don’t have any difficulty filling our days with activities but many times I’ve heard the lament; “Is this all there is?” I want my life to have more richness and satisfaction.”
I’ve put together a booklet on my preliminary findings on the answers to these questions and would be happy to share it with you in hopes that you could provide me with some feedback that I can incorporate in my new book.
Email me at tubachouse @hotmail.com and I’ll forward the booklet to you.
You are living in one of the most exciting, opportunity-laden periods of your life.
Your generation is reaching retirement at a rate of ten thousand per day. This so-called second chapter of life presents a host of possibilities and challenges that can serve to enrich your life.
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” Shakespeare
I am writing a book geared to your interests and unique status in life. Before I publish this gem I want to be sure that the issues in the book are relevant. So I’d like to hear from those of you who have opinions, ideas or feedback.
The book contains strategies, techniques, philosophies and tools for living a full, rich, satisfying second chapter of life. I gathered the material from a large number of interviews with selected retirees.
It is being written in a fictional format because research show this is the most effective way to reach the people most affected by the impact of the changes taking place at the traditional age of retirement.
It is the story of a group of people participating in a retirement seminar on a luxury cruise ship, sailing from Miami to Barcelona.
Please send your comments to byronethomson.com.
In appreciation, for your help I’d be happy to send you a copy of “5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.” which has some of the preliminary ideas in the book.
Author of “Build Your Dream: 12 Essential Tools for Successful Living”
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