Every baby boomer reached different levels of achievement during the pandemic. Some high, some low. Washington DC journalist Harriet Edleson belongs on the high side, because she not only wrote a book, but learned a lot about the next stage of her own life: retirement.
Everybody’s talking about what they’ve done or haven’t done during the pandemic.
When I ask myself what I’ve accomplished the answer is simple enough: I finished writing a book, and saw it through production.
So, if you’re wondering why I’m writing about it here, that answer is simple, too: It’s called 12 Ways to Retire on Less:
Planning an Affordable Future.
I never actually planned to write a book during the pandemic, but as the old Yiddish saying goes, Man plans, and G-d laughs.
I’d planned to write it at least a year before. Then, I got a job offer that I couldn’t refuse. As a baby boomer, I figured I’d work fulltime at least one more year when I applied for the staff writer/editor/producer position.
When the pandemic hit, fortunately, I had already been tapping away on my laptop. I was writing articles as well.
When I think back on the year and then some, what comes to mind are two things:
- How great it is to have learned enough that you can feel comfortable writing a book you believe will help others navigate the same challenges you’ve met.
- How you never stop learning, especially while you’re proofing the sixth typeset version of your book manuscript.
To the first point: I encourage baby boomers to think carefully about when to claim their Social Security retirement benefits. At 62? At 66? At 70? Yes, you can wait until 70, yet only about 5% of Americans do.
So much depends on your current financial position. Yet, remember, if you don’t have a pension, Social Security retirement benefits can be that pension, a guaranteed income. Yes, baby boomers are likely to receive all of the Social Security Retirement benefits they’ve been promised.
To the second point: If you want to stay vibrant, keep learning. One way is to keep working as long as you can, which I discuss in the book. Other ways are travel, volunteer work, serving on a nonprofit board, taking classes, earning another degree, becoming involved in your place of worship, or writing a book.
When someone asks you what you did during the pandemic, what will you say? Hopefully, you learned and grew.
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