I don’t see myself every ‘retiring’. I may leave certain aspects of my work behind, but will continue to explore, grow, and share what I enjoy. My personality does not like to be idle. Sitting in front of a TV is my least favourite activity. I need to be active, mostly alone, working on a project. I enjoy collaboration, but usually only with one other person. Working in a group usually frustrates me, unless I have my own tasks within the group. I also enjoy facilitating, although when it is finished, leave me alone to recharge as I am done. It’s interesting, I have had three people come to me in the past week, all retirees, all wanting employment. Money was not the driving factor but they wanted some remuneration as recognition for what they were doing. With all three it was a desire to share a passion, follow an idea or dream, and/or make a difference. Although they had enjoyed their working career, they did not necessarily want to continue doing the work they had retired from, but utilize their strengths in a new direction.
This is no longer the exception with retirees but more of a trend. We are healthier and, in order to stay that way, need to be active both mentally and physically. If we retire between 60 and 65 many of us will have 25 – 30 years left. That in itself is another career, and can be an exciting one if you are prepared!
It can also be a new relationship. If you and your spouse retire at the same time you will be together 2500 more hours per year! That is a new relationship for most of us! Personality type plays a significant role in navigating a relationship and the need to understand each other’s similarities and differences is increasingly important during this time. Why does he spend so much time alone in his shop? Why does she volunteer with so many organizations? Why do we seem to get on each other’s nerves?
An interesting journey to be sure! Is your personality ready?