As I approach 4 years in retirement (OMG, where did the time fly to), I wonder if calling my blog Retirement Transition is becoming old. Certainly I should have transitioned by now!
And yet, I’m not there yet. I’m not yet completely living the retirement lifestyle I’ve envisioned. On some days, I still struggle with a new daily rhythm. I still have old habits I need to break – not enough healthy living habits, too much procrastination (I’ll do it someday), still trying to live up to others expectations.
Transitions have some unique elements to them. You are giving up something (in the past) and reaching for something new (in the future). There is often a neutral zone in between the letting go and beginning anew. There is a feeling of not being where you want to be, a feeling of being in limbo.
One thing I’ve learned recently is that life is just a series of transitions.
Yes, stopping a 55-60 hour workweek in a long-term career is a big transition. But many other transitions occur at this life-stage…more big ones than in other life stages, I believe. Downsizing, by choice or by need. Dealing with a major health issues, yours or a significant others. The transitions in daily habits as you learn to live with physical changes (body and appearance). Then there are the events that shake your soul – parental death, sibling death, good friend death.
And there are the little transitions as well, especially when one is learning & discovering. When trying new things, there are those moments of uncertainty and questioning…is it right direction? Is this new things I’m trying a fit or not?
So, I’ve concluded that since my retirement life-stage is a series of transitions, my blog name still makes sense.
What transition are you in right now?
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