What if retirement was not an end, but instead, a beginning? Not your grandparents’ retirement, but a whole new stage of life filled with possibilities. We are living longer, in better health, and generally have more abundance than prior generations of retirees. In his book, The Big Shift, Marc Freedman discusses how we may be beyond middle age, yet have not arrived at old age. A whole new stage of life is developing which he likens to a second adolescence.
When we think of retirement this way, it contains so much promise. And yet, how do we get there? How do we get off the track of working, getting the kids through college and managing our parents’ health care and begin to focus on ourselves? And how do we give ourselves permission to do this? This is where the concept of the Thriving Retirement Plan was germinated.