YES to second chances! But wait – I’m not talking about love and broken relationships here. By “second chances” I mean – life after retirement. This fact remains: Life does not END after retirement. Maybe life after retirement is not really about second chances but more on “discovering NEW blessings.” I am pretty upbeat to be in this stage now. So, what do people DO after retirement?
- Enjoy a second career (if health still permits).
- Enjoy the things missed out while working.
- Enjoy going on adventures.
- Enjoy by staying home and doing nothing (for how long it doesn’t matter).
- Enjoy being creative and busy in NEW endeavors.
- Enjoy reconnecting with old friends and colleagues.
- Enjoying giving back to their community.
- Enjoying their love ones and making lasting memories.
Uh-oh! ☺ I am doing ALL of the above except the 1st one (a second career where I’m gainfully employed in a corporate setting, that is…😉).This phase is a chance for me to embrace and fulfill God’s purpose in my life and begin a NEW life altogether. I am inspired to reinvent myself. My daily grind has ended but my journey re-discovering LIFE did not. 😍
Back Track from the PAST I’ve retired as an Operations Head about two years and two months ago. Mine was not a typical retirement with the traditions of speeches of a gratitude and all that mushy stuff, hugs and tears and applause-filled farewell parties. Our company was closing down. Bought out by another company in the same industry and most of employees had to go. My whole Team and myself were no exception. We were notified already way ahead of time so when it FINALLY happened – I guess I was prepared. We were prepared. I was kind of psyched already to what life will be onwards. I have had a full circle of the corporate life — mostly in Customer Services and Operations in a highly dynamic telecommunications industry. I’m truly grateful. I have learned a lot, worked my way up and just too content and ready to go. Besides, I’ve already crossed the 20-year mark of service. Great years of work and learnings, mind you!🤓😌
Fast Forward to the PRESENT As I lingered in my present state, there were a lot of pauses. My primary consideration is to MAXIMIZE this new stage of my life. I don’t expect and yearn for “all-glory” days. I don’t even regret and fret at what could have happened. I am not discouraged by the unfamiliarity and uncertainty of the future either. I am eternally hopeful and optimistic. Constantly looking forward to making beautiful, beautiful memories with my love ones and taking better shots at LIFE now — meeting more people, exploring more places, doing whatever I like and doing it WELL. Hopefully – been there, done that…life goes on!
Exactly on the 11th month of my retirement – I figured deeply that I wanted to do something NEW. Guess what? I’ve always known I wanted to write. WRITING is one of my passions. I launched my WordPress blog. I had too many apprehensions then. How do I start? Will people bother to read what I’d write? I went ALL out for it with a myriad of different emotions. There was unexplained joy afterwards! Then, I went into freelancing work as a writer a month or so after. I mustered enough guts (and humility and pride combined) as I transformed into a “content writer-slash-article writer-slash-blogger.” So it’s true what they say that novelty and challenge keep you happy. Unexpected stuff will not only surprise you but will bring happiness. When you hurdle any unfamiliar situation, no matter how tough it is – there is a deep sense of satisfaction AFTER. Makes you treat each day as more fulfilling and richer. Oh, time seems slower, too. Everyday becomes too exciting. You look ahead to what God has in store for you in so MANY ways in this new challenge. Aawww. I am feeling IT!!!!! A new challenge gives you also a new sense of identity. It helps you GROW. So, what became of ME? I am not just a retiree or a homemaker or anybody like that. I’ve expanded my horizons. I have a new identity, a new set of skills, new experiences and new people I am meeting along the way. I.AM.A.WRITER.
NEW Life, NEW Blessings
How I did it:
1) THINK of one passion or NEW skill you want to pursue or learn. Check your community for groups that might be offering trainings on what you want to pursue. Read up online for courses – whether free or not. Take the plunge. Or do it through “self-learning” like what I did. Had read and watched online tutorials on starting a blog and writing in general. By some good stroke of fate, I met some seasoned bloggers in our city and got good pointers. I followed their blogs, too.
2) FOCUS and FULFILL that passion. Concentrate on making yourself good in that skill once you’ve chosen it. Some people have the mistake of learning two or maybe more, all at the same time. Focus on just ONE. If you’re just starting, devote ALL your energies on what you’re after and build up your name. Read and learn more until you have enough knowledge. Remember, learning a NEW skill is a task that you want to be good at. Make use of TECHNOLOGY. I can not overemphasize its importance. There are a lot of available articles, blogs, webinars, and tutorials to help you out. Invest in building up your skills. You can never go wrong with it.
3) EMBRACE fully your NEW passion. Be confident about it. Don’t underestimate the power of SOCIAL MEDIA nowadays. Show off what you’re up to with all your family, friends, new online friends and followers. Who knows, you might even turn these new passions into something that’s income generating later on. Yay!
SECOND chances? NEW blessings? Whatever!?! ☺ ☺ ☺
Just FOLLOW what’s in your heart, mind and soul. Continue to walk out God’s PLAN for your life. It will undeniably keep you excited, energized, inspired and always ready for LIFE!
Have a HAPPY LIFE!
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11