“Some people say they're retired, but I say that I'm rewired.”
Kathleen, Jazz Singer
Sometimes creative pursuits are put on the shelf while life takes over, only to reassert themselves later in life after retirement. Consider Grandma Moses, the famous artist, who said, “I had always wanted to paint, I just didn’t have time until I was 78.”
Kathleen, age 65, is another example of someone who turned to more creative pursuits in her life after retirement. She became a professional jazz singer after a long and successful business career. Katherine was recently featured in the BOOST® Be UP For IT video series highlighting healthy aging and people up for making their dreams a reality.
Life after retirement: A journey from business executive to professional jazz singer.
As told by Kathleen:
My 32-year career was with the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau. I rose through the ranks while I was there, all the way up to senior vice president of the company. I was the highest-ranking female at the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau. It was just time. You know what I'm saying? You wake up one morning, and you're thinking a lot more about music than about a board meeting.
Some people say they're retired, but I say that I'm rewired. Being rewired means that I have an opportunity to structure my day the way that I want it. You're as young as you feel. I think we all are not necessarily trying to be younger. We're trying to be all that we are.
Music is inspiring because music can change a movement, it can change a way of thinking. It can lift you up. What I love most about jazz is that it feels free when I listen to it or when I sing it. If the sound is right, the band is happening, it's an amazing feeling. You are not only in the moment, but in each note of the music. I can't explain it any other way but to be centered in each note of what you're doing. The human body is an amazing, amazing creation. I watch what I eat, and I exercise. Paying attention to your body is really important for healthy aging.
Check out how Kathleen views her exciting life after retirement:
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