Life Can Begin at 60
We have worked hard all of our lives to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. It's probably been a struggle and, more often than not, we have found ourselves lost in a thankless job that delivers a paycheck and no joy. Maybe your source of employment has become budget conscious and you have been downsized or forced into early retirement. Maybe you are an actor or a model in a world that is governed by the springtime beauty of youth. The majority of the earth's human inhabitants have passed what society terms middle age and should, according to that same society, be considering retirement options. In this painful sociological view, the word retirement conjures a vision of being useless or of spending your limited remaining days on a porch in a rocking chair. Too often we feel all used up; like we can no longer contribute to the very society that has labeled us 'old'. But don't lose heart. Creation made plants that are evergreen and flowers that bloom only in December.
Some of us are just late bloomers. We have met the social requirements of work, raised our families, and lived the capitalistic part of the American Dream.
The part of the dream that many of us have missed is "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".
Experiencing and living life should become limitless when we age. Aging should be liberating. We no longer have the same concerns as we had in our youth. After middle age, the pursuit of happiness should be our goal.
The question is: What would make life happy and liberating? The answer can only be found within yourself.
What have you always wanted to do, but could never find the time for, or didn't have the knowledge of? If you have always wanted to paint, then paint. If you have wanted to write, then write. You are doing it for yourself and if it becomes a revenue source that brings joy, so much the better. You are never too old to start a new life. Set your goals, go after them and don't be afraid to experience a part of yourself you haven't encountered before.
Limitations? Those are only what you think they are and nothing more. I know an eighty four (84!) year old woman, Erlene, who raised three children on her own by being a waitress. At seventy three she decided to retire and went to live with her son and daughter-in-law. It soon became evident to her family that retirement was weakening her once strong spirit; she was giving in to the feeling of being useless.
The family convinced her that she wasn't finished living and need to find something that would bring joy and fulfillment to her life. After some prodding, she admitted that her secret dream had been to graduate from high school and learn about a computer. She enrolled in school, received her GED at the age of seventy five, took typing and computer classes and began to rebuild and redefine herself.
Now she holds two jobs: she heads a Senior Companion Program in Arizona and is also a companion to a home-bound person. The people that work under her are, on an average, fifteen years her junior. She calls them her 'little old ladies' and never hesitates to remind them that they are in the prime of life and can accomplish what ever goal they set for themselves. At eighty four she feels fulfilled and has discovered what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means to her.
'Revitalment' rather than retirement might be a better term to describe life after sixty. Each chakra takes a full seven years to develop. Following that path of development, at sixty years of age, the crown chakra is in full bloom and we have the opportunity to be the most attuned we have ever been on every level. We can all learn from the fact that chakra energy saves the best for last.