So much is written about the transition to retirement being – at least in part – a “reinvention” of you. Retirement experts and those who are content with their retirements all seem to project this message. I think I get it. I feel the reinvention process taking place in me.
In short, a reinvention in retirement may mean redefining what success is to you and finding new friends that have nothing to do with your work life.
Although I count most of them as friends, I don’t socialize much with my work colleagues. I have plenty of interaction with them on a regular basis. I am better off using my non-work hours exploring new interests with different and new friends. If I can spend all of my free time not talking or thinking about work, I believe this will help me adapt to a time when work is no longer part of my life.
I have also developed a strong intention to live in the present as much as possible. When I retire and as I meet new people, I don’t want to be forced to talk about my previous experiences as a lawyer to carry on a conversation. I want to talk about what is happening now, with me and with my new friends.
I am trying to develop a stronger sense of altruism so that when I think about “success” in retirement, I am thinking about how I may have provided a benefit to others. Compassionate living should be part of my reinvention.
A key for me is realizing that none of this happens by accident. Reinvention is a deliberate process. Waiting for something different to happen after you retire is not a plan and may leave to discontent. I have seen this discontent in others.
You may have noticed in recent months my writing here has been less about money and investing and more about lifestyle issues. I think that is evidence that my reinvention is well underway.
What about you? Are you reinventing yourself?