Many of us dread the thought of turning 60 because we feel that at this time, we would no longer be as financially productive as we used to be. But the truth is that this stage could be the happiest and most fulfilling time of our life.
Our passion can be a great resource for income after retirement. We’ve heard a lot of successful stories in the past about retirees earning even more than their regular paycheck, after they retired. More than just that, getting to do something that we truly love is also healthy for the heart and mind. It constantly inspires us and even keeps us from being overly sensitive. Be inspired by the successful stories of these passionate seniors.
Mel, flower shop owner. Mel, 58, is a widow, whose husband just died. They had 3 kids, all grown-up, and living in different parts of the world. Her husband’s death completely devastated Mel. In the first few weeks, she didn’t even bother getting out of bed but one day, she snapped out of her catatonic self and realized that she had to do something.
Mel adored flowers. She had a small garden outside her home. During her tough times, her flower garden was her refuge. There was a feeling of calmness every time she started doing the daily gardening thing weeding, watering, etc. Then one of her daughters suggested starting a flower shop which Mel completely welcomed. It started in a small booth outside her home. Today, Mel supplies fresh flowers to flower shops in Colorado. Her online flower shop is also in the works. She never thought her passion could turn into a profitable business in the end but yes, she did.
Travis, travel blogger. Travis used to work in the real estate industry. He lost his wife to cancer when he was only 48 years old. His kids now have lives of their own. Like most seniors, Travis dreaded the thought of retiring. But instead of taking it lying down, he packed his bags and traveled the world. This man was very passionate about traveling but if you’re thinking that he spent all his hard-earned savings on his travels, you are wrong. In fact, he even earned from it through his travel blog. He earns passive income from his blog advertisers and claims that he has never been this contented about work or income source before.
Frances, caregiver. Frances thought she’d be needing care from the people around when she grows old. But this former social worker knew that she still had so much to give. She invested a portion of her retirement in a small in-home care center, a few blocks away from her home where she’d take care (and bond) with fellow seniors. Her daughters would join her to help take care of the pack. Most of her clients were from the neighborhood but in a matter of months, the business grew and have been getting clients from other towns as well. Frances takes pride of getting to do something that she truly loves. And as for the money? Yes, she’s more than happy!
We salute our passionate seniors! And we hope they inspired seniors from around the world as well.