What Is Retirement?

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.

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My new friend and I both like the Never Grow Up face cream.  You can find it at http://www.madaboutposh.com

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.

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