Updated: Oct 7, 2022
When I look back on my life, I realize there have been many turning points. Times at which I made dramatic changes. Those changes may have been precipitated by challenging life events, or perhaps they were by choice.
In either way, life changed. We all know the saying, the only constant is change. People ask me how "retirement" is going. Well, I honestly do not feel "retired". There are definitely assumptions one makes about this time in life, but I am finding that I never imagined myself being "retired". Truth is, I wake up each day looking forward to what is ahead of me.
So, I am opting for a reframing. Retirement is really about reinvention. It is about renewing our spirit.
For some of us, it doesn't mean we don't work. It means we leave behind what may have been our prominent career and search for other means to be productive, to gain income. It may mean we finally get to spend our time on what is most important to us, what feeds our soul and lights us up.
But we don't have to wait for some magic moment or announcement. We can begin that process each day but giving ourselves space to listen to our hearts. To connect with what we long for, what we ache for, what we miss. To hear the call of our soul.
And then we can take one small step each day to get there. That is how I ended up where I am today. It was not overnight, it started about 10 years ago. With very small, curious steps.
Taking steps each day, even if only for 5 minutes, to be able to hear what was truly going on inside me.
The other day I received a very kind note from a former client, who shared that working with me gave her permission to give herself space and take those small steps. That those steps are the journey, there is no destination.