What shall I do with myself in my Third Age?

Meaning is the New Money

Last time we began our search for meaning by looking at Frederick Hudson’s first core adult passion of Personal Mastery. Today we will look at the concept of Achievement. All human beings have the urge to prove themselves in some way. But of course it manifests in many different ways. It can mean having ambition and doing things, setting and reaching goals, getting results and being recognized, working on projects, playing in organized sports or cultural groups, or merely having a purpose.

Upon entering into the “retirement years” many people find their traditional avenues for proving themselves have been removed or changed significantly. And this leaves them drifting aimlessly without that forward orientation that keeps us engaged in mainstream life.

As we approach our third age, we have a golden opportunity to try on something entirely new. This requires some reflective time, the courage to let go of the old way and possibly some experimentation. One way to begin the process is to find a couple of people that know you well and explore together the following questions:

  • What are my gifts?
  • What activities give me the most satisfaction?
  • What are my biggest challenges?
  • What would I like to learn?
  • What have I yearned to do, but never had the time or opportunity to pursue?
  •  What is my compelling sense of purpose?
  • If I could leave a mark, what would it look like?  
  • What rewards am I seeking?