Retirement: Pleasure Through Movement
Today I had lunch with two highly accomplished and wonderful boomer women. I’m grateful to have the flexibility in my life to be able to spend an hour or two in the middle of my day talking to people of like-mind who are facing the same issues I am. Being a Boomer Baby myself, and semi-retired, I often wonder what I will be doing five years from now, and that was one of the many topics we spoke of today.
In 2015, it is my intention to be coaching, learning, teaching and playing – all of which give me great pleasure. In the midst of that, I also intend to be a wonderful retirement partner to my husband of thirty-seven years, a great mother to my two adult children, and the best grandmother I know how to be.
It occurs to me, however, that my actions are focused on “working” pleasure, and very rarely do I do something just BECAUSE it’s fun. The other day, a great friend of mine asked me what I do with my physical body that gives me pleasure – do I run, walk, ride bikes, dance, practice yoga or pilates? I had to admit that while I exercise, I rarely exercise for pleasure. Exercise is something I have to do to stay healthy rather than something I do because it’s fun. And, I don’t exercise as often or as much as I should to maintain optimum health because I don’t have fun while I exercise.
Many years ago, I took ballroom dance classes for about six months, eventually dropping them because my husband does not dance, and I was getting tired of paying to take classes so that I had a dancing partner. It really didn’t occur to me that I could find a dance I could do by myself, or in a group without a specific partner. I am now exploring the tap dance and line dance classes at my gym. Dance is full of grace and beauty, leading to flexibility and fluidity (and burning of calories) – all of which are incredibly important to my idea of pleasure in physical form. Perhaps these classes might lead to spontaneous dancing at home, just to express my joy in living!
Of even more importance, as my body ages I will have rediscovered the joy of movement – and I will be able to dance wherever I am, under a variety of circumstances.
Let’s dance, shall we? or ride bikes, go for a walk, run, practice yoga or get down on the floor to play blocks with our grandchild. Life is too short to do things we don’t find pleasurable.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in career and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Georgia is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098.