Life and Retirement: Reflecting on the Year that Was

Whilst life doesn’t magically re-set on 1 January, this time of year does provide a lovely opportunity to stop and reflect. So often we get caught up in the day-to-day living that we forget to consider whether how we are tracking against our goals and those things we set out to achieve back in January. I know that for some of you, you will be thinking ‘goals and targets, no thanks, I left that stress behind in the workplace!’ and will avoid associating goals with retirement. I appreciate this sentiment, but I would argue that it’s important to have something to work towards or to look forward to in retirement, something that gives a sense of direction and purpose to our days.

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Am I worthy of being visible?

Whether it’s real or not, the fear exists for many women that once they reach retirement they will slip into obscurity. Introducing oneself simply as a retiree can feel a little inadequate. It doesn’t attract the same respect or interest as being a marketing manager, a nurse unit manager or an academic and suggests (rightly or wrongly) a less full and meaningful life. In short it doesn’t make you feel relevant. Doubt can then start to creep in – am I worthy of being visible?

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