The answer to “What now?” is another question:
The way to launch a fulfilling retirement — if you haven’t already done so — is to find out what matters to you. Or at least confirm your assumptions.
Tools are helpful:
Lists (of things that matter, those don’t so much anymore, and things you suspect could matter more with greater exposure)
Questions (of your assumptions, and your possibilities)
Reflection (so that buried things that matter more than we are aware might rise from calm and quiet)
Reduction (to the things that matter most in light of the time we have left)
Testing (to discover and confirm)
What matters to us can change and even take us by surprise. Meaning and purpose are malleable. (“Oh. I don’t think I really want that anymore. But… that, I might.”)
A periodic audit is useful, especially at the cusp of a new stage of life.
Feel free to email me about this post.
I probably can’t respond but would appreciate your insight or story or query, which I might refer to in a future post.