Retirement: A fulfilling ‘third act’

Have you ever left a theater with that “wow” feeling after the third act of a play? You were perhaps energized, captivated, and satisfied all at once with the final resolution. Without that strong third act, the play would have been incomplete, possibly flat or confusing, and certainly not satisfying. 

As I approached retirement, I considered the metaphor of dynamic third acts. I wanted my “third act” to be filled with purpose, energy, and satisfaction. However, I was reluctant to actually retire—even fearful of doing so—in spite of telling friends, family, and even clients that I was looking forward to the many directions I could explore. 

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