The word "retirement" has such a defeatist connotation. Imagine being expected to withdraw from life because you are no longer doing the work you once did! Nobody should ever remove themselves from the gift of life because they have been placed in an outdated category called retirement. It should instead be referred to as REWIREMENT because with it, comes so many possibilities for further growth. A REWIREE is in a state of still becoming: a retiree, can suggest a relegation to the category of redundancy, disuse - of being a has-been.
I therefore advocate replacing the word "retirement" with "rewirement", a concept replete with energy, excitement, growth, creativity, exuberance - and many new possibilities. In fact, at all ages and stages of our lives, we need to consistently rewire ourselves with other possibilities so that we never become stagnant in our creative thinking and are prepared for the inevitable changes in our lives. We are more than our job description - much more - and there are undiscovered resources within ourselves to be explored. It is important to be adjustable; life is not static - we all will experience changing circumstances.
Our creative potential is not finite, but instead, is something we can enjoy in varying ways throughout our lives. The act of continuing to create, is a bridge that extends from where we are now, to the child we once were. We should cultivate and continue to develop and extend our creative repertoire. There is always something new to learn and experience. How exciting it is to realize just that! It is a good idea for us to imagine the best scenarios for the work which is still to come - that of entering new domains, accompanied by the joy from learning, and even, success.
We all have the ability for self-improvement. Our potential won't let us down - if we honor it by simply giving that bountiful resource, our attention. Rather than dismissing sudden glimpses of new possibilities, too prematurely, let's focus our attention upon them and see what they might become. Any mistake we might happen to make, should be regarded simply as a happy accident because we have learnt something new - something additional to do.
Our creative potential is limited if we only identify ourselves as having one designation in life - being a specialist in one field exclusively. Not only do we have the capacity to be more than a one-profession-designation, but we should also resist imposing categorical boundaries on the things we do because the impositions are really artificial limits imposed upon ourselves - by ourselves - and also, often, by society. It is good to regard your life as it continues to unfold, as one containing boundless possibilities. Whether you are four or one-hunded-and-four, it is never too late to create!