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Reimagine Your Retirement: Embracing the Next Stage in Life

By Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Retirement has recently undergone a remarkable transformation; gone are the days when retirement was synonymous with withdrawal from the workforce for a life of leisure. Today retirement represents an opportunity for individuals to leverage their knowledge, experience, and expertise. Do we all want to lead fulfilling, engaging lives that contribute positively to society?

 What about you? What are your retirement plans? Are your goals one that you look forward to but are reluctant to leave a work life you enjoy? By reimagining retirement, you can continue to thrive cognitively, emotionally, and financially while significantly impacting younger associates. You have the knowledge and experience that society wants and needs. The traditional concept of retirement often left individuals feeling disconnected from their purpose and identity, leading to boredom and stagnation. You have an opportunity to craft a life that suits you.

The changing dynamics of the modern workplace reveal a significant need for mentoring and guidance. Many younger workers possess impressive technical skills but need more interpersonal insight and real-world experience. Reimagined retirement offers the perfect platform for your step into a mentorship role. You can help shape younger co-workers into well-rounded, influential team members by sharing your insights and offering guidance. This symbiotic relationship allows for the passing of the torch while fostering an environment of mutual learning and growth.

 Your employer still needs you and may be more flexible and pay you more to have you be part of the team. If you want it, ask for it. Extra cash flow would be handy for your next adventure. You've earned the right to your freedom if you become a contractor for your employer versus an employee who may create the perfect solution for you to work on projects as they fit into your schedule. What about retiring to a new location altogether? Remote work may provide a bridge of contributing while acclimating to your new home. What about cutting back hours; you can work less and still keep some benefits you enjoy.

 A significant benefit of staying plugged into your organization is the benefits of cognitive health and well-being. Growing intellectually is crucial to aging well. What’s your plan to learn and grow?

 One of the most important aspects of reimagining retirement is the shift in perspective it brings. Rather than viewing retirement as an endpoint, you can perceive it as a new beginning, a chance to explore passions and hobbies, or even embark on a new career path. You today can redefine your purpose, desires, and contributions. You can demonstrate that age is not a barrier to your personal growth and achievements. The key to approaching your retirement is to continue evolving, learning, and contributing – so what's your plan? Now is a great time to take your first step.


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