Thursday, August 18, 2011

Endless Summer

With just weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer, families are getting in their last vacations before school begins again.  Some are even closer with school and colleges who start classes a week or two earlier.  Family time tends to make for strong memories and traditions that we look forward to each year.  And as our families grow, the traditions either fade as dynamics change or evolve to fit new circumstances.  The circle of life can make for some interesting changes.
As children go off to college and the house becomes quieter, we as individuals and couples begin to see what retirement life will feel like.  The time spent caring for, and worrying about even grown up children continues to occupy our time and minds.  We miss them as we wander around the vacant rooms and start to question if and when we will sell the family home that would allow a move to a new life and lifestyle.  When the adult children really move out and start to marry others that feeling will really settle in.
While a move probably isn’t in the picture immediately since many want to provide a house to come home too, the thinking and planning should start now.  How much longer will we work?  Would a move to another state make sense?  When is the right time to sell?  When is the right time to buy?  Can we maintain two homes at least during the transition from working life (and children at home) to retirement (and an empty nest)?
“Get In On It” and “Flyin’ Free” are writing about the different stages of the process and we hope that you will enjoy reading about their own “personal” experiences.  Each of us has a unique set of circumstances and history that has created our expectations for life after 50.  We may be happy with the direction and will continue to go there.  We may need to adjust those expectations and set a new course for our future.  A significant life change may throw us into unchartered waters.  The important thing to realize is that whatever our situation, we can rethink who we are, where we are, and what we want to get out of the “rest of our lives”.  This should be one of the most exciting and refreshing periods of our lives if we embrace positive change, create our own plans and take the actions needed to fulfill our dreams.
We hope you all look forward to creating an “endless summer” in these interesting and evolving years.
Get in on the Good Life!®

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