By the time we reach our 60s, most of us have made our share of sacrifices. We have relocated to support our husband’s careers, put our dreams on hold for our children and supported our communities at our own expense.
I’m not saying that any of these actions are wrong – far from it! I’m simply saying that most of us have made a habit of putting others before ourselves.
Now, as we reach our 60s, we have an opportunity to finally put our happiness first. This is challenging for many women, including myself. After all, we are very used to thinking of others before ourselves.
But, after 6 decades of putting others first, haven’t we earned the right to be a little selfish?
I am reminded of a quote by Ayn Rand, who said, “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” Now, Ayn Rand is a controversial figure, but, regardless of what you think about her philosophically, I hope that you see the wisdom in these words.
You have every right to be happy. More than this, Ayn reminds us that happiness won’t just come to you – you need to fight for it!
Let’s get a conversation started!
Do you agree or disagree that women over 60 have earned the right to be a little bit selfish in retirement? Why or why not? What do you think of Ayn Rand’s assertion that happiness is something that you need to fight for?