My blogging friend InDaCampo wrote an interesting post about this third part of our lives that some of us are in, or think we are approaching, or are trying to figure out what this means for us. She included this TED talk which I really like.
Many of us move here to Panama when we retire. It is a huge life change to no longer be part of the work force. Suddenly we have the freedom to structure our own lives free of the obligations of work and expectations of others. What will we do with the rest of our lives? What does this new freedom mean? What do our lives mean now?
For me, it’s been a process. I totally love the change, but I’m also having trouble letting go of the lifelong habits of driving myself, feeling like I must accomplish things, feeling like I’m wasting time if I’m not busy. I’m still working on how to best spend this part of my life. Time is the most precious thing we have and I want to make the most of it. I want to spend it on things that are worthwhile and things that I enjoy.