Building A Community Of New Middle Aged People

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Yesterday in response to another article I had written about working at home for people in their fifties and sixties, I got a number of comments that others felt the same way about starting new careers and were using the Internet to do so. They seemed to be very happy to see that someone else held opinions similar to theirs and was attempting to do the same thing. Then it struck me that there must be a lot of people out their who are struggling with retirement and the wish to stay active, continue earning a living, and do something worthwhile and creative with their lives. It can seem pretty lonely when suddenly the job you have been doing for many years is no longer there, when you no longer have an office to go to, and when your normal daily work routine suddenly stops. It would be nice to know that many other people are going through the same type of lifestyle altering events. It would be nice to know what other people are doing to deal with this major change in their lives, how they are creating new careers, and what they are doing to stay active and do something constructive. To today’s active new middle-aged group retirement no longer means no longer working. It means changing the nature of the work that you do. It means finding a new direction. It means taking charge of your life. Sometimes starting a new career can be the opportunity to follow your own special interests that you may not have had the ability to concentrate on before. Sometimes it means being able to work at your own pace from your own home. Sometimes it gives you the luxury to be free to do whatever you feel called upon to do. No one can force you into retirement. No one make you do or not do something. You have reached a stage in your life where you can live life on your own terms. Maybe what we need to do is to start a community of like-minded people who consider themselves part of the new middle-aged group and are ready to start a new career. Maybe we can help each other find the answers we are searching for together as we make a fresh start.

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  • Melissa Kennedy
    Melissa Kennedy
    Thanks for the comments, Shirley. So many people feel that they don't have much to offer when they don't have a full time job - which is just silly. If you're out of work or if you've taken an early retirement, there are still many job you can do. Look to your interests and you'll find something you're passionate about!
  • Kelenna
    Great post!
  • Shirley
    Hello, I totally agree with you on everything you had to say. I am a 56 year old woman who has struggled all my life going from one factory to another and getting the shaft in the end. I have 43 years in the electronic field and after my last lay-off in March I decided to start an at home business, which has not been easy either but i'm proceeding with my plan.I got tired of all the broken promises and dead end jobs and the taking advantage companies. Yes you should start a community for all us less fortunate people out there if for no other reason just to vent our frustrations. Thank You for allowing me to vent       Shirley

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