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Candid storytelling from retirees as they shift into this next stage of life, dealing with challenges and seeking joy and purpose."Shifting Gears" is based on interviews with 50 retirees. The stories reveal the rich abundance of retirement ventures, from the exotic to the mundane. Discover what each of them learned in this next stage of life.Here are a few examples of their experiences:
- Donna recovered from 4 leg surgeries in three years. Once she recovered, she wanted to celebrate by doing something really tough. She decided to try climbing Kilimanjaro.
- Larry describes being a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The sense of purpose and helping people get their first home is a personally rewarding part of his retirement.
- After an IT career that was all analytical, systematic, rational skills, Steve felt that he'd underdeveloped his artistic, intuitive, conversational potential.
- Chuck and his wife had to deal with adversity when a fire ravaged their home. He describes their escape from the fire and the resilience needed to reconstruct their life.
- Jane and her girlfriends decided their 70's were the right time to learn to play ukulele. They get together to play and sing together, and are now doing public appearances.
- Tom created the Tacky Tavern Tour to entertain his friends. He likes to have parties where his friends get quietly uncomfortable.
- Old, Wise, Learning Still (OWLS) is a discussion group of lifelong friends who talk about end of life issues.