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Erik Richardson

Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.


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How will you spend your time and/or make a living between ages 60 and 100?

As improved medicine and machinery continue to expand our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated. New questions begin to arise, though, when we reflect on how we will each make a living and how we will make a life. I am excited to see what kind of ideas you all come up with.

One particular question related to the model is this: if someone goes back to school to re-tool for a whole new career at, say, 50, will they get hired into career-track positions where they could work for 20 years?


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    Jul 23 2012: I want to feel like I am more in a place of life where I feel that I can "be" instead of "do". I believe that the first years of your life is more about doing than being. You have to explore the world and meet a lot of different people and try out your boundaries by doing new, sometimes crazy stuff. But when you grow older it is all about "being", being you and being at peace with your life. Imagine just sit on a bench in the park a whole day and feel like everything is wonderful and you have everything you ever want. To be able to see all the colours around you all the time and all the great things in the little things. I want to be that person.

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