Taking a ‘grey gap year’

Traditionally, a ‘gap year’ means taking a year off after finishing high school and before going to college, or before going into grad school or a career after completing an undergraduate degree.

Turns out, a gap year is a good idea for retirees, too.

Grey gap (or bridge) years are increasing in popularity as baby boomers leave the workforce and want to ‘try out their wheels’ before settling into the “routine” of retirement.

Your gap year can be a time of quiet reflection or hyperactivity. You can learn to meditate and see what comes or travel abroad and experiment with odd jobs. It’s a wonderful way to weed out the things you don’t want to do and concentrate on activities and pursuits that fulfill and entertain you.

A year can seem like a long time, so the temptation might be to figure it out as you go along. But, free-styling can lead to procrastination and inertia. And, before you know it, twelve months have passed and you haven’t done much of anything.

It’s wise to have a plan so you can hit the ground running with a list of activities to try on for size. That’s what the Fit-To-Retire 100-Day playbook is all about. Based on your interests, gleaned from your readiness assessment scores and personal conversations with your coach, your playbook will provide compelling and doable suggestions under each of the four non-financial categories of retirement success: Self identity, social, health and nutrition and personal relationships.

Get your gray gap year off to a great start. Take your readiness assessment today.



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