Not retirement, but “refirement”

Minnesotan Grant Meidal is beginning to imagine life moving forward in a different way. Although still working full-time, Grant recently turned 65.

“I’m slowing down on some of the projects I take on, going deeper in things I’ve always loved and valued, imagining what new things I want to do, and then finally investing in the people who mean the most to me and who I want to be on my landscape for the years to come,” says Grant.

Grant’s life has involved many nonprofit and humanitarian causes, so he doesn’t imagine that retirement will be a checklist of vacation getaways. “That’s a creative challenge,” says Grant.

Grant admits that he has some fears about loneliness and having enough income to live satisfactorily, but says it’s a chance to turn over a new leaf. “I like to refer to retirement as ‘refirement.’ It’s a time to refocus and rekindle your passions and purpose. I believe the years bring us all a wealth of experience, exposure and insight. We have so much to offer, not just to the world, but to ourselves.”

Aging is accelerated or delayed by the perspective we choose, says Grant. “We can be happier, more content, more useful perhaps, or we can take a long vacation figuratively and lose our spark.”

“We seniors need to be where we can be seen,” emphasizes Grant. “The percentage of people in Minnesota over 65 will continue to grow. Isolation and economic hardship could marginalize the senior population more and more. Senior programs and initiatives will help seniors to stay as active and vibrant parts of the community.”

Grant Meidal lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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