The four phases of life

Feeling younger for longer.

Statistics  show that by 2020 over 50% of the UK population will be over 50.

A recent survey reports that as the population gets older most of us feel younger for longer - which is great news!

I believe that most of us develop through the four phases of life. We have moved on from the three ages of man which used to be seen as the norm.

Phase three is the time we are looking at specifically here, however much of the information would also be invaluable to those in phase two, or four … when it's never too late to....

Phase one

Of the four phases of life phase one is from birth until we leave education. During this phase someone else is telling us what we should and shouldn't do and what our expectations should be. Some of us may rebel but generally there is a controlled development in which we develop.

Phase two

Of the four phases of life phase two is our working and family life. Work gives us a structure and although it might not always be work we enjoy we have the comfort and security of a routine. This is also the time when we bring up our children with all the pleasure and responsibility this brings.

Phase three

Of the four phases of life phase three is a phenomenon of our generation. In the past, phase three for most people was retiring from most activities and living a life concentrated on home and hearth.

Phase three is, for many, the first time they have been able to make decisions for themselves about what they do with their time. It is a luxury but after the first few months of 'holiday' the adjustment can be an emotional challenge. 'What will I do with the rest of my life?' Link to have a purpose and find out more.

With 60 being the new 50 – or even 40 - and improved health and expectations, our generation does not see giving up paid work as retiring - withdrawing from society - more giving you the time to do the things you didn't have time for before, or trying new things. And for many it is imperative that they do keep earning and paying off a mortgage which is very different from the ‘old days’.

Phase four

Phase four comes later if and when we decide, mainly through health or energy reasons, to retire.

 The retirement option

For many, retirement is something people look forward to for years. If they have been in a job they don’t enjoy, or have to work with people whose company they are forced to endure, retirement beckons like a beacon on a dark night.

If you have plans in place and know exactly what you are going to do with your leisure time, if you have the income to support the lifestyle you want and, perhaps more importantly, have a supportive person to share your life with, then retirement can be a very positive experience. But this isn’t true for everyone.

It’s never too late to try something new – and build a new life that is fulfilling and rewarding.

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