A term I have never embraced. After a professional career with travel, monetary rewards and many business acquaintances (friends), retirement was never a big goal. I found my work/profession rewarding and fulfilling; I enjoy work.
|At The Office 2005|
After selling my software company, I am the person who fought retirement. I volunteered, worked as an administrative assistant and office manager for over 15 years after my first failed attempt at retirement. "All dressed up and somewhere to go." was my mantra. I had the professional female wardrobe to live the mantra.
The National Center for Transgender Equity (NCTE) just gave me likely my last job rejection e-mail. One I never expected. They were seeking an "Outreach Survey Coordinator", with community ties; perfect. This is a seven-month assignment to help with the 2020 Transgender Survey; already over a year late. The NCTE is in disarray with mass resignation and the board firing of its founder, Mara Keisling. Many internal problems.
On their website, there are detailed blanket statements concerning diversity to counter all the bad press from 2020. In my case, I feel they violated one of the chief cornerstones of diversity/discrimination; age. I have been exceedingly overqualified for many administrative and assistant positions I have worked. However, this was not the case. I was exactly qualified. I am hurt that I was not even considered for an interview with my over 30 years of outreach and community involvement. Shame on you.
So what is next:
Yet today, I am easing into a leisure lifestyle quite nicely. I am not going to call it retirement. I have made some great friends at my beach house with morning walks, time by the pool, and seem to be accepted as one of the "white hair", ladies there.