When you’re planning for your retirement making sure that you have the financial resources to do all the things that you never had the time to do while you are working is a large part of the exercise. But at the same time, you also have to determine exactly what you’re going to do with the open-ended itinerary that you will have once your career years are behind you. It can actually be a lot of fun to put your imagination to work as you create a “to do list” and then look forward to crossing items off the list once the time comes.
Many if not most people can look you in the eye when you’re having certain types of conversations and say “I could write a book” with a sigh, and indeed all of our lives contain interesting twists and turns that readers would find to be entertaining and instructive. So…why not take the time to write your memoirs during your retirement years and share the formative experiences that you have had during your life in written form?
On a personal level it could simply be fun, rewarding, and cathartic to pen your memoirs. Depending on the details of your life, the amount of effort you put into it, and your writing ability your memoirs could actually be commercially viable. But short of that there certainly is a ready audience lying in wait in the form of your family members and friends.
The best way to digest how meaningful your memoirs could be to your loved ones is to ask yourself if you would be interested in reading the memoirs of your great-grandmother or great-grandfather right now. Perhaps you’ve even wondered about the details of the lives of your father and mother, especially when they were children and young adults before they met.
As an elder who has lived through many changes both personally and collectively you have a unique opportunity; if you write your memoirs, you’re making the most of that opportunity for your own good as well as that of your family members and future generations yet unborn.