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In the Guardian today, columnist Zoe Williams posed the question: Where do we find life's purpose?
I read the article, hoping to find the answer. Instead, she concluded that the people to ask are those of us who are retired! Fonts of all knowledge and masters of the universe, have we actually discovered the meaning of life?
Of course, retirement presents the opportunity to search, to experiment and to wonder. But obviously if I had the answer, I wouldn't have read the article in the hope of learning something
I think the gist of what she was writing is that when we discover that work itself does not meet our quest for fulfilment, what will? That of course is the scary thing about retirement; defined by work, how will we fill our time, will it be enough to satisfy us?
Some people don't adapt. There's a large hole where work used to be and they return. Others find it a time of contentment but is that the purpose of life, contentment as opposed to self-realisation?
Retirement offers so much more than just gratification and self indulgence. It's an opportunity, if you seek it, to rediscover what human life is about. To live in harmony with the world around us; partaking in and engendering community spirit; appreciating nature; cultivating our innate creativity as well as providing an outlet for curiosity and the intuitive need to learn. To love and to nurture; understanding wellness and looking after our health, our bodies and our minds.
Retirement has it all, it's just a shame if we are so busy, or perhaps naive in the period that stretches before, that we only begin to discover a deeper enjoyment of or purpose to life as we wrinkle and age.