When I turned 60, thoughts of retirement began to enter my mind, but they weren't at the forefront. Time flew by with the pandemic, and before I knew it, I was 63. When I broached the subject of retirement with my wife, she had a concerned look on her face and asked, "You'll be home all the time?" The idea didn't appeal to either of us, so I was left wondering, "What's next?"
That question led to a whole host of others. How much did I want to work and for whom? What options were available to me? Did I need or want to continue earning an income? Could I start over? Did I have the energy and would anyone be interested in my skills? Would I have to sell myself? What was my value?
As a physician and healthcare executive, I had a fulfilling career, but I had never faced these questions before. Career paths seemed to present themselves, and I followed them. It wasn't always easy or intentional, but it wasn't aimless either. Now, answering these questions seemed overwhelming, and a small voice in my head said, "I shouldn't have to deal with this now." However, I was able to overcome that voice and find a path, albeit one with possible side paths. It's scary 10% of the time, but 90% of the time it's enjoyable!
What's next for you? What other questions does that bring up? Do you need some help sorting it out?