I am glad that I met such a friend in Barbara Younger who blogs at her lovely website where she encourages us about the ups and downs of menopause. She shares a positive message as she encourages us to live a full life. Barbara kindly invited me to share a post on her site. Thanks Barabara for being a friend. Here it is: Are You Ready to Jump into Retirement?
A post by writer Jena C. Henry:
A sunny day, a school playground- do you remember jumping rope during recess? Two kids twirled the long clothesline rope as we chanted:
Billy and Susie sittin’ in a tree,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G! First comes love,
Then comes marriage,
Then comes Susie pushing the baby carriage.
I acquired my roadmap for life in the third grade. Love, marriage, baby carriage, being a grownup- I followed those milestones for forty years. Then my husband and I retired. We had come to the end of the road as I knew it and there weren’t any more words in the jump rope jingle to help me. I needed a new guide.
Are you wondering about your retirement journey? Are you worried about the end of your career and the changes that aging will bring? I was and here’s what I did. I changed the destination on my life GPS from work to what’s next. I took a cooking class, volunteered and kept up with friends. My days, unstructured and without direction at first, began to satisfy me. Except, I was driving one way and my husband was heading somewhere else. For years, we had been joined by our shared responsibilities, and now that he and I were free we were growing apart. Recalculate!
Here’s how my husband and I got back on track. Some of these ideas may seem obvious to you, but it took us time to find ways that worked for us.
I am a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant and encourager. I have lived my entire life in Tropical Ohio. My goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. I am writing a fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, that presents the problems and praises, and the love and laughter of family life and retirement.
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