How some local boomers have navigated life’s inevitable changes
A newly emptied nest, the end of a longtime relationship, retirement – hours of nothing suddenly appear on your calendar, threatening to pummel you with boredom, angst and depression, or promising opportunities for grand new adventures.
These stories offer a sampling of how boomers can manage change and create fulfilling new lives.
Volunteering her time with Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway
“[I knew it was] a good thing to do – to pick up litter, whatever needed to be done. It gave me an outlet to do something with my brain rather than vegging out.”
Helping their son with his business at Steam Bell Beer Works
“Not only are we boomers who have reinvented ourselves, we are in a true family business … It’s all four of us here – plus the dogs.”
Volunteering regularly for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond
“As a relatively new retiree, finding a balance between ‘fun things’ and ‘commitments’ takes some time; I’m fortunate to have discovered a ‘fun commitment’!”
Plein air painting for fun and for competition
“This wasn’t a new endeavor, just a different path that I started following before I retired … I wanted to see if I had the discipline to make this a full-time vocation, so I set a [goal].”
Now nothing can get in the way of their myriad of hobbies
The Williamses’ “everything else” includes: travel, golf, Richmond Symphony Orchestra League, football games, the Capital Trail, and time with the grandkids.
Trading in their house to tour the country in an RV
“We both love to travel and hate living out of a suitcase. We had two options: not travel or to buy an RV. This was a no-brainer.”
Try to see if you can catch her in between her time hiking, seeing movies, volunteering, attending festivals …
“When folks ask what I do, I reply, ‘whatever I want,’ followed by my favorite quote, ‘One can never have too much fun!’”