The Best Place to Retire: On Taking Risks at 65

Find out how to take a chance in your 60s!

BY: Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., Fierce with Age

 

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I understood immediately what Joan and the house were saying to me. We’d taken the risk of moving across country. And now, once arrived, we have to decide if we’re going to live safe or continue to live life as fully as possible. I can argue with God all I want, the moment we found this house, I realized that I’d been hoarding all my aspirational resources about aging, as if the pot were limited and all there is ahead of me is self-protection and diminishment. I realize now that to truly live one’s life fully means inviting risk back in. In our case it was the old stone house. For others, it’s leaving a stale job, traveling alone, hiking in the woods—even if at a somewhat slower pace--or taking on a new relationship. Others may even find that it is a turn-key condo that is calling to them: the choice that for them represents growth and renewed life. Whatever it is for you, there will come a moment when the stakes get raised and just when one would like to lie down and pull the blankets over her head, one is rather being called back into the fray.

To make a long story short, we put the offer back on the house which was accepted yesterday. The old stone house on the river now represents a commitment to life lived to the full: a tad foolish, risky, dramatic. In other words, even at 65, I get to be who I have always been. I confess to having had a few sleepless nights, but it was for good purpose: giving myself the opportunity to rise to my new occasion. In accepting this discomfort, rather than seeking protection from angels, I have found myself wrestling with them. But it is a divine wrestle, like Jacob on the banks of the Jabbok at Penuel Ridge. And I will not give up until I wrest God’s blessing. We do, after all, deserve to have our hearts sing to us, even when we turn 65.

Carol Orsborn is Founder of FierceWithAge, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality. Dr. Orsborn is the best-selling author of 21 books including her newest book: Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn. (Spring 2013) With a doctorate in religion from Vanderbilt, Dr. Orsborn is a sought after speaker/retreat leader and spiritual director.

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