A short course at TBC in, or approaching, retirement on two Saturday mornings. An opportunity to invest in our well-being through understanding and processing an ‘ending’ and embarking on a new ‘beginning’. Retirement is a major change involving loss of routine, colleagues, status, identity, and security. And it impacts partners too who find their world altered.
While work-based courses help with planning our finances and many practical arrangements, it is harder to anticipate the disorientation that can result as we transition from Act 2 of life where routine, identity and priorities revolved around our work, to Act 3 where we are apparently free to make many choices, but increasingly limited by family, health and financial considerations.
This course will provide an opportunity to reflect – that potential feelings of discomfort, loss, denial, shock, anger, stress, frustration, and apathy are quite normal, and even healthy as a phase in the transition. This process needs to take time, coming to terms with the ‘ending’, and only then working through choices involving family, hobbies, voluntary work and new projects. There are useful tools that can help us, which will be shared.