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CHAPTER 3


When we come to the point in our life which has traditionally been called retirement, this can be very difficult, but it’s crucial to understand that while we may retire from paid employment, we do not retire from life. We are still the same person when we stop working, and every one of us has amassed a vast wealth of knowledge, experience and skills during our time on this planet. We can either


Human beings are so much more than just a job title...


choose to let all this slowly die with us, or grab the opportunity to continue to learn and share our abilities with others. Someone once said, ‘I never stopped doing anything when I retired, I just stopped getting paid for it.’ Recent research shows that staying active and involved in life’s challenges and opportunities is beneficial as it means people continue to interact socially within a routine of leisure and endeavour, which itself promotes physical and mental wellbeing essential in later life. Of course, our quality of life all depends on our health, personal and financial circumstances, so part-time employment may be the way we choose to boost our income.


But the wisdom and experience that we have amassed over the years could also be made available to our community in a wide variety of ways. Through harnessing what we know and connecting with people, we could help with anything from mentoring a younger person to starting a business, to planting up our first allotment or setting up a new community group. Now you may think you have little to offer, but this really is unlikely.


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