I started this blog a year after I actually retired. I didn’t really understand this “new-fangled” thing called blogging until recently. I lived such a sheltered life for so many years and it’s been a journey going from this over-stressed sales professional and working mom
to a more relaxed, easy-going and natural procrastinator who is figuring out what to do next.
Strangely time goes by just as fast when you are relaxed. That is not something that I expected.
Young is a relative thing. People are quite shocked (OK, surprised maybe) that I have retired at 55. I am considered a young retiree. If you google “retired” you get images like this:
And while these people sure look happy to have exited the hamster wheel, they are also all seniors; i.e. 65 years and over. In fact, I’ve come to realize that for most people, retired = senior citizen.
When I exited the corporate machine a year ago, I continued to keep busy with many interesting projects. One of them was trying to understand how to age. I worked primarily with younger people and didn’t have a lot of interaction with people older than me. I didn’t know what a 55-year-old looked like? How should I act? What do I wear? Now what? I’m healthy, energetic and my sensibilities are intact. I’ve never really thought of myself as old.
So this blog is about my experience of learning how to age gracefully: embracing the inevitable albeit with some reluctance and trepidation. I am a “juvenile retiree”.