Thank you LeeA and SheilaOranch! I love your statements "we ran to something, not away from it!" and "The new retirement does not mean an end to work rather it is the desire to do work that deepens in our interest in life." Bravo!!! As my husband and I figure out our last decade or so before official 'retirement' for him, it is clear that I am just getting going. Such fun!!
I agree .
I'm working into my late 70's and early 80's. I tell people I have no plans to retire. I am a multiple degreed and multiple certified professional, in big demand at 62. I endured an age related mass layoff long ago, so the older worker stigma is a very sensitive topic to me.
I'm not counting on Social Security for the long run, either; it's just a supplement. All those contributions are something that the Washington establishment wants to use for something else - if it could (and probably will).
I hear so much junk from the press and government that older people are a burden to the country. Pure rubbish - we older ones that can still work will take care of ourselves - our focus will ensure that we won't be surpassed.
80's is good. I am following in the wake of my own mother who turned 91 last September (born 1923).
Go for it! It seems to me that wisdom comes with age - why stop participating just when you are reaching the place of peak understanding and insight?
Now is a great time. Even 20 years ago, my dad, who is in his 70s, would not be able to get around as well as he does.
Thank you for your posts!
Time to spread one's "wisdom" in new pursuits.
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