Doing things you love keeps you young! Whatever your passion, you’re never too old to share your talents and you’re never too old to give back! That’s a cornerstone of The 100 Year Lifestyle, living your 100:100.
You’ve been given notice that your 100 is coming. Now, how do you plan to spend that time? Your wisdom, your talents, your leadership skills, your creativity, your value to society – none of these things have an expiration date on them. You should be looking at your work life in the same way you look at all areas of your life, as a marathon. It’s a long, interesting road ahead. Do you really want to retire at 65 and then potentially live an additional 35 years (or more) without meaningful work in your life? Don Martinson didn’t want that. And he knew he had options. As long as there was a place in his community where he could be of service, he had a plan.
For 37 years since his retirement, Don has been doing what he loves, and his passion has benefited many people in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Work brings joy to Don. “I never really retired,” he laughs. This former math and science teacher retired in 1985. Now, the 100-year-old is focused on volunteering. Read Don’s story of service here.