A Reason to Be Alive

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help baby boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and purpose in life after they retire. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement Years.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available on Amazon.com. Click here for her website: LeeGaleGruen.com

CHITCHAT:  I have slightly altered the name of this blog. It is now “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement Years.” It will still be the same blog, but it now matches the title of my pending book: Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement Years: Find Joy, Excitement, and Purpose after You Retire. The book will contain all the material from my public lectures on senior reinvention as well as my blog posts of more than six years. I will post a notification on this blog when it is published and available for purchase.

Now, on to my blog:

AngelWhat is your reason to be alive? We all need one. It’s what motivates us to keep going, even when we’re down, depressed, and life is just a bummer.

Think about the reasons that are significant in your life to make you want to keep going. Are you a member of a family to which you contribute emotionally, psychologically, financially, or in a myriad of other ways? Are you part of a community to which you offer your time and effort? Do you create in some manner that benefits society as a whole such as art or  writing to name a few from a long list?

Some years ago, a friend became suicidal, convinced that she was worthless. Her family, concerned for her welfare, arranged a psychological intervention facilitated by a therapist. With their loved one present, each gave a speech as to how she had impacted and enhanced their life. It was a very positive and powerful event and was successful in its goal. The beneficiary is functioning today as a respected member of her town.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” a movie made in 1946, is traditionally shown on television every year around the winter holiday season. The plotline follows a man who feels overwhelmed with his responsibilities and obligations. After working for many years at a job he dislikes and which caused him to give up his dreams for the sake of his family and community, he has become discouraged and is contemplating suicide. An angel shows him how the town and its people would have turned out if he’d never been born, and he comes to realize that he has meant a lot to so many.

We probably won’t have an angel to point out our meaningful acts. Be your own angel and give some careful thought to that consideration. Almost everyone has someone or many ones who would mourn us if we died or would be lacking if we hadn’t been born. Each of us does make an impact.

Take an accounting of what you’ve contributed. Are there friends, family members, peers and such who value you? Can you allow yourself to accept that you have merit?


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Filed under active seniors, Baby boomers, gerontology, healthy aging, longevity, reinvention, retirement, senior citizens, seniors, successful aging

4 responses to “A Reason to Be Alive

  1. Patricia Spiegel

    Nice. We all need a purpose. Mine is to help elect Joe Biden!

  2. Joseph Sutton

    Thanks for sending me your posts.  We are of the same mind on all of them. Joseph Sutt

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