Leaving the full time work world may cause Baby Boomers to feel a disruption of trust in their identity. The dictionary defines trust as the confident expectation of something; hope. When you enter the encore stage of your life, you may experience many changes that are unexpected which can alter your level of trust in your own identity.
Being immersed in the familiar structure and community of your full time work world can give you confidence in who you are, what you can do, and your life in general. Transitioning into your retirement lifestyle can shatter that confidence. You no longer have those familiar props to define you. What do you trust your identity to be now?
Courage and curiosity are two attributes that you can use to renew your trust in yourself in the encore stage of your life. When you let go of your previous identity, you can build a new one through being courageous and curious.
The dictionary definition of courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. Entering your retirement years is a major life change that can create feelings of fear, uncertainty, and doubt about what your identity will be in your unknown future.
Curiosity is defined by the dictionary as the desire to learn or know about anything. You can transition through this major change into the encore stage of your life by activating your curiosity and learning about the many new opportunities that are available to you now.
You may have used your courage and curiosity to be successful in your professional world. Now you can employ these strengths to design your own unique and exciting retirement lifestyle.
Reflections to build trust
- Set aside an hour for quiet inner reflection to better understand how courage and curiosity have served you throughout your life.
- Look back over your life and pick three major life changes that you navigated successfully.
- Write down what you did to be courageous during those changes.
- Describe how being curious helped you establish your new identity in each life change.
From what you now know about your ability to be courageous and curious, how will you trust them to create your identity for the encore stage of your life?
Janice Williams, Retirement Coach, www.welcomingretirement.com