Life moves fast. It’s hard to prepare for the future. When you are young, you feel good and think you will always be young. Even as you age, your mind doesn’t make you feel old. You are the same person in your mind, no matter your age.
Act III: Your Anti-Retirement Playbook has some opinions for Baby Boomers on growing older, not only with grace but with purpose. Written by Cecilla Williams, Ph.D. and Paula White, CPA, MBA, the book Act III seeks to get readers to rethink your retirement or near retirement. Because life in retirement is different than most boomers had imagined. They don’t uniformly have the security their parents might have but there is more to life than finances. Many have had to go back to work, have had to take care of aging parents, and even juggle adult children who are still needy.
“Because life in retirement is different than most boomers had imagined.”
We often fall into sameness, a routine that we go through on autopilot because it is the path of least resistance. Act III is about reviewing your wants, rethinking your objectives, and looking for adventure or tapping into feelings that you once had for self-discovery or even contribution to society.
The thing I was most involved with was the chapter on Nurturing the Soul. The authors remind us that this is not having an extra chocolate or taking a bubble bath. The authors say by nurturing your soul “The signs are that you feel your own wisdom, you are naturally creative, you are at peace with who you are, and you are at peace with others who are.” Free of restrictions, free of fear what others may think and that you have forgiven yourself for have accomplished and also for what is left undone.
If you feel you are floundering, that life has passed you by, or you are resentful for something in the past, you might just gain some benefit from Act III in the form of a reality check and a new plan of action.
Act III: Your Anti-Retirement Playbook by Cecilia Williams, Ph.D. & Paula White, CPA, MBA; Wan Publishing LLC, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9863989-0-2. Retail about $15.