The encore years of life offer Baby Boomers a time for reflection and conversations to discover valuable family stories. When you uncover the stories you hold for your own life you create greater awareness of how you fit into your family. And, when you share your stories with others in your family, you expand their perspective of their own lives, as well as of the family as a whole.
Reflections on your own life stories can help you design your retirement lifestyle. What do you remember as the most important? Are there any repetitive themes? How can they inform your choices for the next stage of your life?
There are many ways you can discover your family treasures, including:
- Journals and diaries that you and others have kept, or currently write.
- Asking other relatives what they remember about events that you remember – their memories may be illuminating.
- Allow other relatives to interview you with their own questions which you may never have thought of.
- Record your discoveries to share in the future by writing them down, or by making audio or video recordings.
Sharing Your Stories
Family members may think they know each other well when they have grown up together. Other relatives may know each other superficially because they see each one another infrequently. Instead of keeping conversations on a mundane level, I encourage you to share the wisdom you have accumulated throughout your life when you reach your retirement years. Your stories will allow others of all generations to know and appreciate you more. Your perspectives on life can inform family members of new ways of experiencing life.
Throughout the ages, and in other cultures, the wisdom of the elders has been highly regarded. I recommend that you gather your own stories and the stories of your family and actively keep them alive by sharing them with one another often.
What family treasures will you discover in your encore years?
Janice Williams, Retirement Coach, www.welcomingretirement.com