Starting a new chapter in life can be scary and exhilarating all at once. It represents a departure from the familiar and a leap into the unknown. The uncertainty is very real, but it can also create a chance for personal growth and transformation. Retirement is a new chapter that may have us saying, “Now what?” But if we look at it the right way, it’s another chance for adventure and self-discovery.
The beauty of retirement lies in the blank canvas it offers. It's an opportunity to redefine ourselves, embrace new experiences and perspectives, chase dreams, and pursue passions. It’s the perfect time to reassess our values and aspirations, while at the same time allowing space for rest in a time of transition.
Though embarking on a new journey may be daunting, it’s also full of hope. Read these quotes and remember to embrace the fear, revel in the beauty, and seize the opportunity — to “nourish beginnings,” as poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote.
There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.C.S. Lewis
Celebrate endings — for they precede new beginnings.Jonathan Lockwood Huie
To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.Dan Millman
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.Arthur C. Clarke
Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.Mandy Hale
Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.Patrick Foley
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.Louis L’Amour
There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it “retirement.” I call it bliss.Betty Sullivan
Retirement gives you the time literally to recreate yourself through a sport, game, or hobby that you always wanted to try or that you haven’t done in years.Steven D. Price
Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. / Not all things are blest, but the / seeds of all things are blest. / The blessing is in the seed.Muriel Rukeyser
Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.Fred Rogers
I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself.Walt Mossberg
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