3 alternatives to ‘retirement’ or ‘next chapter’

Retirement synonyms word cloud

That whole ‘next chapter’ term I’ve used…there is something just creepy or other-worldly to it.

I keep seeing me sneaking past St. Peter and the pearly gates [‘sneaking past’, mind you…not assuming I’ve earned my way in.] and floating in the stratosphere and dodging all of the satellites Elon Musk is planning to launch and wondering what’s on the menu at Nirvana Cafe and if the coffee is beyond decent up there because if it’s not, then I’ll take my chances back down on Earth…

Anywaaay, thesaurus.com’s alternatives to retirement. Blecch!


So, how about:

‘The Roaring 60’s’ [add the decade of your choice]

Prime Time

Youth 2.0



Derek Sivers…interesting guy with an interesting question for retirees

Derek-Sivers-Word-Cloud what's worth doing

What’s worth doing?

I’ve posted about Derek Sivers on my other blog, but a number of his messages speak to us folks in this ‘next chapter’.


Pay attention to what you pay attention to…

Fellow creators:
Austin Kleon is definitely worth paying attention to…

He borrowed the quote from Amy Krouse Rosenthal, an author of children’s books and a filmmaker.

The more of Amy’s story I read, the more I encourage you to read it as well. Hers was a life of following her creative inspirations and they should inspire us as well. Her shortened life should remind us of how tenuous our own time on earth is.

I like this piece from adobe.com as well…

A few suggestions from this post:

  • Pursue your own ideas for noticing
  • Look through someone else’s eyes
  • Draw what you see


Further participation in loveforourelders.org

note to an elder

This is another note written as a participant in the Love for Our Elders site.

For more details on the free Act of Kindness mini-course, click over to my Invent With Words site.

Short version: I call it a course, but it’s more my curation of the different projects out there and facilitation of a group of interested writers. I provide short video tours, tips, templates, suggestions [for those interested] for more creative alternatives to letters and notes.


Curating retirement sites…

word cloud with retirement web sites

Been a retiree for a while now. I’m always interested to see what others in my age range are thinking. Here are two I visit two or three times a week and a site new to me.

https://seniorplanet.org  Here’s an article on ‘how to get creative in later life’ via an interview with Julia Cameron [Author: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again]

https://sixtyandme.com This one is directed toward women over 60, but still lots of valuable info for all readers. This post [How to Develop Creative Ideas and Get More From Life After 60] draws from content from the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.

http://thirdage.com I just recently came across this one and I like the balance of topics.  From this site: Four Reasons Being Creative Will Make You Happier As You Grow Older

Visiting loveforourelders.org

write a letter to an elder screenshot
Click above for a three-minute tour.

A prime destination for the AOK Writing Project is loveforourelders.org.

The site also encourages us to send video letters.
[I’ll need a serious facial overhaul before that happens…then again, I guess I could use a cutout of some celebrity guy…]