John Mayer, a musician and artist I appreciate, says his generation is waiting for the world to change.  They are waiting and not because they don’t want things to be different and not because they aren’t capable of creating waves of change,  but most are simply busy getting through life – becoming educated, having children, buying their first home, accumulating the necessities.  It’s not that this particular generation aren’t interested, but let’s face it, they are busy and most don’t have the time or capacity for much more than what’s already on their plates.  Who are they waiting for?

They are waiting for us!  It’s time for those of us with the tools, energy and interest to shake things up.  The world needs us, the generation that follows needs us, and I think we have a responsibility to continue to contribute rather than settle into a life of leisure.  Maybe 20 years ago it was okay to drift quietly away, but not today.  Not now.

We live in a remarkable world at a highly interesting time in history – economic, social and political issues surround us – and with all the technology and knowledge that exists it’s the ideal setting to become your own personal best.  Heroes exist in our communities and most of them are not what we would call celebrities – they are regular, every day folks who quietly care.  But they are out there, making a significant difference with little to no fan-fare but they are improving the world.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “pay it forward” – one good act that ripples through a community of people in ways that are often unmeasurable.  Rippling across space and time, a butterfly affect – the numbers grow exponentially.  One person inspires one person and so on and so on.  So we don’t really have to wait for the world to change – we can make it change with small meaningful selfless acts.  Mother Tersa said “if you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”  this is the essence of the retirement revival I am so passionate about.  You don’t have to be rich, famous, brilliant or even influential – you just have to care and want to contribute so that you are a thinking, caring, engaged and contributing member of society.

Your new challenge if you are 50+ (sooner for some) is to find purpose by giving of yourself and serving others in a way that brings you joy.

We don’t need to wait for the world to change – we are the change the world is waiting for.

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