Boomer forced to retire early? YOU are not alone!

by midlifecrisisqueen on October 16, 2013

And here I thought it was just us…

Come to find out, millions of Boomers are being forced to retire before they planned to. 

According to this article, more than half –  “quit working before they planned to…    The reason they are retiring?  A majority of those polled say it was job loss or health-related issues.”

Yep, that’s what got us.  First I lost my job/career as an academic librarian, and now Mike’s health has made it impossible for him to continue at work.

For the past eight years I have been pursuing an alternative career as a writer, speaker and psychotherapist focused on midlife change.  What I do now is not ‘retirement.’  I work hard every day and love what I do.  But it certainly doesn’t pay the bills, as mentioned in the above article:

“Many still see a solution in part-time jobs, freelancing or finding unconventional work or new careers.  In other words, they are hoping to “sort of” keep working in an economy that is “sort of” keeping people employed.”

VERY well said!  These are all the reasons why I do what I do…

Too many of us will find out soon that we are losing our jobs, and often our previous identities in the deal.  Please don’t wait until that happens to you to begin re-imaging your life without a career lifeline.  That’s what I did, and it was a mistake.  Please start today looking at alternatives for yourself.

Don’t be forced to change by surprise life circumstances like job loss, divorce, or sudden or chronic illness.  Don’t be caught unaware.

Start thinking today about the many options before you.  Consider a few different alternatives to your life plan now, and then follow through!

FIND YOUR REASON TO BE HERE...   beyond your job!

Five years from now — YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Chloe Jeffreys October 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

I see so many seniors working as baggers, greeters, etc. On the one hand I think it is good to stay active and involved, and on the other I wonder how many are doing those jobs because they were forced into them by a system that is very unfair to the citizens of this country.

midlifecrisisqueen October 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

Yes, Chloe, and boomers are suffering the most from this situation… To quote from a recent study on Americans and happiness:
“The baby boom generation are the least happy among those surveyed… probably due to the fact that the generation as a group was so large, and their expectations were so great, that not everyone in the group could get what he or she wanted as they aged due to competition for opportunities.” — Social Inequalities in Happiness in the United States, 1972-2004: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis

Tom Sightings October 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

I share your mixed feelings about seeing seniors working as baggers and cashiers — good that people are active; bad that they are obviously well qualified to do more sophisticated and fulfilling work. But I’m not so sure about the happiness quotient. I recently read (please don’t ask me to cite the source; can’t remember) that Baby Boomers have not suffered as much as the 20-somethings from the Great Recession; and also that people tend to be happiest when they’re in their 60s. As for myself, I lost my job at age 53. Now I’m in my 60s and I am poorer; but much happier.

midlifecrisisqueen October 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

It’s true Tom! We really do get happier as we age, and as I move quickly towards age 60 I can certainly agree! Mike and I are also facing a future of poorer but happier and looking forward to that! Thanks for commenting, LLC

Amy Blitchok October 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I just read yesterday that more and more baby boomers are becoming entrepreneurs. Many got tired of sending out dozens, if not hundreds of resumes, and simply decided to put their skills to use by opening their own businesses. It seems like a great way to stay active during “retirement” and make sure that years of experience don’t go to waste by investing in less than satisfying jobs.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/baby-boomers-fueling-wave-entrepreneurship-8C11371624

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