I applied for Social Security benefits a few days ago and will retire from my position as a K-12 teacher/librarian in June.
The world has changed a lot since the day I made my grand entrance, and I fully expect this evolution/revolution to continue.
Retirement has taken on a new meaning in modern times. For many, it is more a re-invention of self than a retreat to home and hobbies. Many people use this opportunity to examine their personal history, searching for the spark that inspired them, hoping to build on the meaningful elements in years of living and learning.
In the best case scenario, this process results in a post-retirement commitment that has purpose and focus. Volunteerism is one possibility, consultant work another.
The gift we receive upon retirement is Time. Time to travel, time to learn, time to share with loved ones, and time to make a difference in the world. How to maximize this gift is a momentous question.
What shall I become?
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