What’s it all about?
Rewirement is a lifestyle, an attitude. It’s a journey, not an event. Our lives are an incredible opportunity to learn, explore and love. Living with zest is the fuel.
Too often we think about our lives in black and white terms, forgetting the greys and the roles and activities that fill our lives and make them rich. The concept of a portfolio life recognizes that our lives are a myriad of many things that provide fulfillment, breaking down the black and white barriers and paradigms that limit us. When we reach our 50s, 60s and beyond, it’s a perfect time to explore ways to rewire our lives.
Rewirement challenges us to look at our lives with intent and explore ways to learn new skills, challenge our minds, gain new experiences, strengthen our bodies, and enhance our relationships. Rewirement literally rewires our brains and forms new pathways as we journey forward North of 52. It’s not a one-shot, time-based deal. It’s a continual, exciting experience that enables us to live a positive, fulfilling life not bound by time or societal boundaries (like mid-life and retirement).
Rewirement involves challenging our minds, learning new skills and gaining new experiences. For some it may mean diving deep in an interest, finding ways to improve and enhance the experience. For others it may mean learning new skills or delving into activities that seem interesting. It is essential to challenge our minds and keep our brains active. Treat it like a muscle that needs to be worked.
Rewirement also means keeping our bodies and spirits healthy, strong and vibrant. Staying active and eating truly healthy food are essential as we thrive in our 50s, 60s and beyond. As we rewire, we often need to modify our current habits and learn new ways of thinking about what we consume and how we move. The old adage you are what you eat lays the foundation for us.
Rewirement also involves growing and thriving in our relationships with family and friends. We encounter new and changing relationships that provide an incredible opportunity to build and grow — making our empty nest full, becoming a grandparent, loving our aging parents. Relationships are an important component of our happiness and rewiring them keeps them thriving.
How are you rewiring?
Consider your own rewirement. What are you rewiring? What will you rewire? One person’s roles and passions are different from someone else’s. Defining what makes us tick evolves over time. Listing the components of your portfolio life in big buckets is a helpful first step. Next, consider the components of each bucket, the details.
For some, rewirement means big changes. For others, it’s tweaking. Regardless, it’s an exciting process. It is living with zest.
Join the MovementReady to rewire? Be a part of a growing enthusiastic bunch of folks over 50.
“Minds like razors remain sharp and bright, only if kept in use, otherwise they rust.”
“Retire from work, but not from life.”
“Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”