Any life ending, whether one you choose or one imposed upon you, can give you the opportunity for new self-understanding. With the ending in the past, you have the opportunity to find fulfillment in those openings that yet await you. Retirement may be the best thing that's ever happened to you, and the transition that stimulated you the most to redefining your values, sense of self, and purpose in life.
There are moments in life when we know we need to drastically shift the course of our lives in order to live a life we love and truly be happy. Moments that while sometimes scary, will lead to a change that allows us to grow, evolve, and finally become who we were meant to be. Here are seven sure-fire signs you are ready and open for the big changes ahead.
Theory is one thing, practice is another. I could write all day about aging in place and downsizing. Hey, wait. I have written all day about aging in place and downsizing. Then I actually downsized. And moved. And lived in a hotel for a month in between. It was all such a hassle that all I could think was, 'No wonder people put this off!'
Many of life's transitions are more difficult for people, especially transitions from childhood into puberty; marriage into divorce or widowhood; high school into college times, etc. These important changes in life have a major impact on us and are tricky to navigate. We can't avoid them. One thing we know: Change will occur whether we are ready or not.