“What do you do” now?

We Americans tend to define ourselves by the jobs we perform. When we meet someone new, the first question after the handshake usually is: “What do you do?” The answer typically prompts an ice-breaking, revelatory conversation:

What do you do?

I’m a tax attorney.

I could have used you two years ago.

IRS trouble?

Total nightmare!! ┬áLet me tell ya….

But, when one party is no longer employed, the conversation often comes to a halt before it gets off the ground:

What do you do?

I’m retired.

Oh. That’s nice.

Is it any wonder why so many of us – and we’re not just talking Type A’s – are reluctant to leave the work force?

What if we shifted our thinking, just a little? Instead of “I’m retired,” what if the answer to the “What do you do?” question was:

  1. I’m a volunteer carpenter for Habitat for Humanity.
  2. I’m learning how to be a sommelier.
  3. I drive a truck for the local food bank.
  4. I’m training for my first half-marathon.
  5. I’m studying for the ministry.
  6. My wife and I travel the country in our new RV.
  7. I mentor Junior Achievement kids at the high school.
  8. I’m acting at the community theatre.

See the difference? You’ve just gone from conversation-stopper to conversation-starter!

Why not let a certified Fit-To-Retire coach help you find your answer to the big question. After all, there are still plenty of interesting conversations left to be had.


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