Retirement Is Best If It Marks A New Beginning
Of Health/Family/Work/Play/Socializing/Community and Fun
So A Retirement Party Celebrating Your Personal Legacy Is A Good Start
Life is punctuated by its big events. It is how we remember the past, share it with others and give meaning to our lives. Whenever possible we should make a great effort to celebrate what is important to us. A big event may mark a birth, a wedding, a promotion or (say) the occasion of the retirement of a friend or family member, which for them marks a very big change in life and a momentous time to be celebrated in full.
To do so at a party or a dinner can be the most appropriate way to celebrate a retirement, as is having present at the occasion the folks the retiree holds most dear to join in on the fun with good natured interplay. Say to share reflections of the past and hopes for the future with the honoree and with most everyone in attendance at the party. This will bring out some fun remembrances that may lead to very personal congratulations for the retiree in a way that gets the party off and running to a good start.
Others, besides the host, are likely to volunteer their fond memories and lend an air of warmth and context to these remembrances. All of that can be embellished further if access to a well crafted personal legacy portrait – containing lots of old photos, stories and connections – is available on an iPad or PC to allow participants to reflect, remember and add-in their role in the life story of the retiree.
It has indeed been a long journey for anyone of us from youth to marriage, family and career, and now, as we retire, life may again appear to be at some new crossroads. It should be clear that to hope to succeed in ones retirement it would be best to include new beginnings while taking a pass on old laments. When looking to retire at 60 or 65 these days, we most likely have until we are 80 or 90 years old to live the life – some 20 or 30 years. That is a long time in which to enjoy oneself and set off on new adventures and possibilities.
To quote the English poet Robert Browning who reflected on all of this long ago: “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made!” Here we have a new paradigm on how to think about retirement and its celebration – it should be all about what is new and hopeful.
Retirement is a great time to reflect on past days, to assemble old stories and to gather documentation along with lots of photos of friends, family, colleagues and happenings of the past as a coherent Personal Legacy Story to be shared with friends and family.
Access to such material is also ideal to help others recall their past with the retiree for fun at the Retirement Party. So serve up some nice food and drink while recalling the past with old memories made vivid in photos, videos and written recollections. As these are likely to include folks present on this occasion, they will be excited to add to the festivities with their own version of the truth. All in all, a great way to get conversation flowing and bring people together at a celebration..
A retirement event is a great time to look back on the past with pride and fondness and begin to view the future with hope and anticipation. Indeed the retiree could: Say It Out Loud.. This Is My Legacy… Of This I Am Proud. so welcome to my retirement party, there will be much more to share in the future.