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July 31, 2012

Please join us in reading this week’s blog written by Jennifer Cruet, chairperson and founder, Women Recreating Retirement.

“The Times They Are –A-Changin” Bob Dylan wrote and sang in 1964.  Those of us growing up during that era were swept up in that sea of change.   Women finally had the same opportunities as men educationally, occupationally, and even athletically.  This revolutionary generation of women created history and fresh opportunities for themselves and women of the future.  The concept of the New Age Woman was born. That is who we were and are.

Many of us from that generation are now approaching or in full fledged retirement…hence the title of my blog, New Age Retirement For The New Age Woman.   Each time I submit my blog to Share Our Voices the title will remain the same.  There will be a subtitle with the blog’s current topic. This month’s topic addresses the reasons behind the blog’s conception and birth.  I previously had a false labor trying to get this blog going but this time it is here to stay.   I believe this blog is necessary, as are women’s retirement groups, to serve as resources for the newly retired baby boomer woman.

The new opportunities of the 60’s and 70’s were an abundant unprecedented buffet of delights for women of that era.  We wanted to indulge but often didn’t know where to start or how much or little to put upon our plates.   Some of our plates were filled to capacity while others contained smaller samplings.   We experimented with the options available to us and rejoiced in their vastness.   The table seemed never to be lacking with new choices and possibilities.

The 60’s and 70’s vast buffet of life’s opportunities and choices ultimately shaped who we are today.    Now…. VOILA!    At midlife we are faced with a new buffet!   This time the buffet is of retirement choices and possibilities unprecedented by previous generations of women.   This buffet does have more desserts than the one of the 60’s and 70’s because we now know who we are and what we want out of life.

Where and to whom do we look for guidance?   Our mothers were never faced with such a smorgasbord.   The men in our lives approach retirement from an entirely different perspective.  The information highway certainly can give us financial and technical advice.    But how do we fulfill our needs for camaraderie, community and enrichment?      Once again we are trailblazers.

Baby boomer women can now turn to each other.    Competitions of work and early lives are now behind us.  We are now on equal footing.   We can leave our egos at the door.   We have intellectual and spiritual resources, which served us occupationally, that we could now use to become more enriched and connected. We are able to service communities and those in need.  We can be as committed or as free as we want to be.    And we are not done having fun yet!

It is my hope that this blog will become a resource for the newly retired woman to   keep her plate full of delights that will enrich and fortify her life and the lives of others.

Carpe Diem,


One Comment leave one →
  1. Mary Ann Johnson permalink
    August 1, 2012 01:00

    We are trail blazers! How to pull off a worthwhile, enriching experience in our retirement years is a challenge because we have few role models. Our networking, with your shepherding, will be welcomed! Thanks.

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