Generativity. According to Erickson, even old people jump through hoops of developmental stages. Seriously? Thanks to Jane Fonda, a high bar of strong muscles and a lean core pose a new challenge. “Seventy is the new fifty.” The world assures us we aren’t through yet. But what if we are? I mean, really, the second floor poses enough of a challenge for me.
What does retirement look like? In the face of an unstable economy, it could look like a silver-haired woman clearing tables at Backyard Burger. It may take the reflection of creased faces huddled around tables at McDonalds each morning. Heaven forbid it look like a group home for wayward youth.
For me old age assumes the guise of weaving myself into the lives of others. I home school two grandchildren. I keep three more on Mondays. I serve at church camps. I teach Sunday School. I run a small business.
Today I made a new friend. We both like the Never Grow Up face cream. You can find it at http://www.madaboutposh.com We found we had a great deal in common.
Am I retired? Retiring? I think not. I remain simply me. An older version of me, but the same. Just me.