This article was first published on After Fifty Living. You can read the article here.
Many people view the senior years or their “retirement” with some degree of trepidation.
When we think back to our parents’ generation when it seemed that there wasn’t a whole lot to look forward to past 65. Life expectancy 40 years ago was 67 for men who were the primary income earners in those days. How times have changed!
Today, for men, life expectancy is near 80, while for women it is over 80, and women are just as much a part of the work force. Many are living well into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond.
So the question is, what are we going to do with all those extra 20 or so years? In our time as chiropractor and medical doctor, we have seen too many people bored, grouchy and just so uninspired in their senior years, while others are discovering a whole new world. For us, in our upper 60’s, the world is just opening up in so many different ways.
One of the things that has been so valuable for us is identifying our values. What is most important in our lives? Many people don’t actually stop to assess this and their lives are not congrent with their values.