Second career – Active ageing

featherIn the book Illusions: The adventures of a reluctant messiah by Richard Bach, the messiah says “This is a test to see if your mission in this life is complete, if you are alive, it isn’t.

This book was written in 1977 and is as true today as it was the day it was written.  As long as we are alive our purpose for existence is not fulfilled.  While most of us look forward to retirement, if we want to lead an active, energetic and fulfilling life, we all need to keep ourselves gainfully and meaningfully engaged in order to be happy and be assured of the 3 R’s for Senior citizens.  The really energetic, age-defying elderly that I meet know this very well. To them retirement means moving away from doing what needed to be done to survive to doing things they want to do.

There are multiple ways in which you, as a senior citizen, can keep contributing to society.

1.  Actively look for a job that will use yours skills and experience.  Senior citizens as employees provide stability, experience and dependability – traits that are hard to come by in the youth.  Regarding payment, it is truly your call – you can aim for market salary or you can settle for less.

2.  Senior citizens in India are a neglected lot and many of them do not have anyone to talk to or anyone to listen to them and give them the necessary advice, counselling and guidance.  The younger generation, of course does not seem to have the time or the patience to listen to them.  If you are well-grounded, you can take on the role of a kindred spirit and bring a lot of solace and peace to other senior citizens in need.  Talk to us for such opportunities.

3.  Most NGOs struggle to get basic things right.  Working with the government, filing the necessary papers, keeping their accounts in order, promoting their cause, writing cogent, grammatically correct copy, help in sales and marketing, etc., are all problem areas for many NGOs.  The vast experience of senior citizens such as yourselves can go a long way in making the NGOs more efficient and effective.  You could volunteer your time for causes close to your heart.

Retirement is an outdated idea.  You need to remain active because that is the only way you can add meaningful and healthy years to your life.

Here’s wishing you a successful second innings!

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