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The Inspired Retired

At age fifteen, you probably began helping out in the family business. At eighteen, you were of legal age, found a job, and have been working ever since. It's the only facet of life you know, can relate to, and in which you are comfortable.

You are now sixty-five, just put in twenty-five years at the job, and are officially considered “retired.” Your body tells you it's time to take a break and reward yourself, but your mind wants to keep going. You are now standing at life’s new crossroads.

For most, retiring is a happy and welcomed time of life. It translates into catching up with favorite hobbies; spending time with friends, family, grandkids; maybe do some traveling or (don't laugh) going back to school and taking a few college courses. You never got to further your education for whatever reason and, yeah, let's throw in some dance lessons, too; you sat it out at the last two weddings.

Most companies welcome the “matured” employee’s request for an extended stay. Other companies often request the retiree’s return in the same or different capacity. They regard this person as an exemplary employee with a great track record, as opposed to the younger generation who, with few exceptions, choose to put their social life before professional commitment.

Money is no longer the worry.

For the most part, you have the monthly Social Security check and, perhaps, a healthy pension or similar package to sustain you. The bottom line translates into just plain keeping busy. This is your link to sanity or—the personal favorite—keeping “jiggy”. Now you see the same job, but in a different light. You are more productive than ever and feel less stressed because this time you chose to be here.

You are considered a role-model for the younger fellow-employees. You share not only your vintage wisdom, but a few tips from your recent dance lessons; hence you are affectionately known as the office’s “Aging Teenager”.

Websites now offer employment opportunities for “50+.” Knowledge is food for the brain and the brain must be nourished every day. Employment can vary from simple to somewhat challenging, depending on the level of comfort.

Through my experience as a former HR Staffing Coordinator, I have seen the “inspired retired” intentionally underrate their skills on the application, then go “full throttle” with proven success on the actual job—like a race horse pacing itself for the finish line.

Generally speaking, finding work should not be a taxing experience. At this point in your life, it should be something you enjoy doing—and the dollars are welcomed as well.  

Sitting home and watching life go by is unhealthy. The body and mind is a machine that must be well-oiled and exercised on a regular basis; otherwise mental or physical illness will find its way to a permanent stay.

Age is merely a number; hence, retirement is merely ending one venture and beginning a new chapter of life.