Don't resist the three Rs - reflection, resilience, renewal
REMEMBER how we learnt the "three Rs" at school - reading, writing and arithmetic? Now, as we get closer to the other end of our life cycle, we have the three Rs again. Reflection, resilience and renewal.
Reflection - as we get closer to the end of our working life, which may have spanned 40 years, or have already retired, it's time to reflect on what we've achieved, what obstacles we've overcome, what interests we've developed, and how we get on with others. Also, the dreams and goals we want to be reality.
While we were busy working and bringing up a family and whatever else demanded our time and attention, we put our dreams on the back-burner. Now we can start looking at the new opportunities.
This reflection process is a great time to start a "bucket list".
Resilience - for men in particular, retirement initially can be a shock to the system, because their work role gave them a sense of identity.
After years of having a routine, it's easy to ask -"what do I do now?"
Resilience is important in the aging process, as it helps us bounce back after big life changes that retirement creates, even when you think you are prepared for it.
I believe having a period of "reflection" as discussed previously, helps to keep our outlook more positive, our physical and mental health balanced and helps us reinvent ourselves in this new stage.
Renewal - when we see retirement can be an exciting new beginning, we aren't caught up in the past. We bounce back with renewed energy, reinventing ourselves and regaining self-worth.
We can now explore the opportunities available in our community, to use our skills and talents to help others and to learn new things.
Life takes on a new meaning, we make new friends, we maintain our health and we enjoy life.
By Eva Bennett