Why Should We Reinvent Ourselves in Retirement?
“So why should I reinvent Myself?” asks Steve Chandler, the author of Reinventing Yourself: How To Become The Person You’ve Always Wanted To Be. He goes on to stress that, “There’s no should in reinvention,” but if you are interested in this possibility, it becomes an opportunity to be flexible, to be creative and to develop ways to serve others better, to be happier, and to have more fun.
Reinventing yourself can be fun to do, and if you or your spouse have recently retired, it may be an important thing to do. Many couples find the need for adjustments in this new 24/7 relationship surprising and sometimes complex. Regardless of our feelings for one another before retirement, things seem different when we are together day in and day out. This is where reinvention may come in handy.
Reinvention is a process, and when people get the swing of it they can see that it can serve everyone well. If you’re newly retired and feeling grumpy over your loss of “authority” in the workplace, consider how you can replace that need with something that makes you feel useful, helpful and happy.
If you’re resenting the sudden presence of your spouse and his or her intrusion in your space consider how you can move beyond those walls or include you mate in some of what you enjoy about your space. There is no one way to reinvent, but if you are in the throes of retirement adjustment you might consider how you can change your perception of the relationship and invent ways to make this new stage of life the best yet. It’s never to late to add fresh and novel dimensions in our lives.
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NOTE: The picture of this Allen’s humming bird comes from Hummingbirds.net. It’s said that humming birds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. A pretty good symbol for reinvention, I think! We’d love to see your thoughts below.