Five years ago in July 2012, I started some quick blog musings for the lazy, hazy days of summer. I called them “Summer Shorts”. So far this year, in my part of the world, it looks like it’s going to be more like a mix of lazy – sunny & rainy days. Fresh days for fresh thinking ahead, perhaps.
Last week, I was a guest on the University of Toronto Radio CIUT show Career Buzz, interviewed by its excellent host Nicole Hamilton. The subject, introduced initially as “Transitions into Retirement”, quickly re-framed in my language as a journey – transitions in a “later life career”.
After a period of several years, it was a pleasant surprise to find myself sharing the conversation on the broadcast with Peter Stamp. We first met in a client relationship in the year 2000 and Peter spoke about his journey in a way that supports my point that given that we are in an era where extended life expectancy has changed the notion of “Retirement”, later life is really a continuous series of transitions as it is at any time of life.
As I listened to Peter talk about what motivates him is to keep connected, he talked about the importance of being proactive and taking charge even as new transitions continue to emerge as those added years bring change. Like so many people I encounter, in their 60’s, 70’s and beyond, Peter extolled the value of taking on projects – making a contribution through activities such as volunteering. Social engagement is a key driver to healthier active aging.
You can listen to the full broadcast by clicking on this link. CIUT – Career Buzz June 28