Sponsored by Nuffnang and Sunsuper’s the Dream Project.
Lynn Ruth Miller started a brand new career at the ripe young age of 71 and, at 83, is currently the oldest performing stand-up comedienne on both sides of the Atlantic.
Isn’t that incredible?
Wow, this is someone who totally rocks the Lifestyle Fifty mantra of not being invisible and following their dreams no matter what their age.
I’ve just been introduced to Lynn, in a cyber way, and can’t believe that she hasn’t crossed my radar before. Not only is she humorous, but she’s also very wise and has some great ideas about aging.
She’s redefining retirement, one smile at a time. She believes that attitude is everything and that retirement is what you want it to be, and really that you should never stop dreaming.
Farewell to the Tooth Fairy
Lynn has written columns and books and is insanely funny too. “Farewell to the Tooth Fairy” is her one-woman show about everyone’s power to create their own destiny. It charts Lyn’s quest to discover the enchantment hidden in the lives we live. It’s a revelation of how magic happens for us all.
Lynn believes that her journey of self discovery is one each of us must take before we accept who we are and begin to enjoy the role.
One of Lynn’s books aptly titled “The Late Bloomer”, is about a middle aged woman called Fanny who is keen to live a fulfilled existence. Lynn shows how Fanny could actually could be any one of us wondering why others achieve the dreams we’ve always longed for, seemingly without effort. She is the place in our hearts that believes dreams can come true and are worth the effort.
Choosing our retirement
Just as our retirement dreams are worth the effort, and although we may not all at 83 have successful stand-up comedy one-woman shows, we will all hopefully be enjoying a happy and fulfilled retirement of our own choosing.
Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing profit-for-members superannuation funds, are all about helping their members live their dreams in retirement. They see retirement as a new and exciting chapter in our lives and have created The Dream Project to bring us lots of information and some sprinkles of inspiration to help us plan, achieve and enjoy our retirements.
Okay, I can hear you bleat that superannuation is a “boring” subject, but if you have a look at The Dream Project you’ll find tools and resources set out in a fun and informative way to help us achieve some or hopefully all the dreams we have for retirement.
Caviar or Baked Beans?
Some of the topics I’ve been reading about and found interesting on the site are:
– What are your chances of reaching 100?
– How to build your dream retirement – hint, it’s a bit like building your dream house, here’s what it takes.
– Caviar or Baked Beans?
I think retirement should be the perfect time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, but have never had the time. It’s the time to follow your dreams big or small. But it won’t happen by chance.
I am really enjoying some of the topics at Sunsuper’s the Dream Project, so when you have a moment, why don’t you see if there’s anything there that might help you put stepping stones in place for your dream retirement too …
Sunsuper’s the Dream Project.
But don’t take my word for it … have a look yourself, and then do yourself a favour and have a laugh.
Take a look at the video interview with Lynn Ruth Miller below – it really shows us how we can redefine retirement, if we want to, and Lynn’s advice to us all is that retirement can be what you want it to be.
What dreams do you have for retirement Lifestylers? I’d love to know.
Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
Love Lynn’s story. As a “young un” of not quite 50, I truly believe the best is yet to come and Lynn is a beautiful example!
Hello ‘young un’ Janet … oh how I wish I could still say that! But yes, really the best is yet to come and I hope you are looking forward to the roaring 50s and onto a fulfilled retirement in the future too – just like Lynn – what a story, hey!
We have retired already and are enjoying being able to travel more. Superannuation certainly helps to maintain your lifestyle in retirement. Lynn is an inspiration. Stand-up Comedy is such a stressful occupation – well I would find it stressful lol. I take my hat off to her!
I’d find stand up comedy stressful too Jan. Each to their own I guess. And yep, Superannuation is a great nest egg to have waiting to help us retire in the manner we’d like to become accustomed.
What a lady! I hope that I’m still travelling at 83. I definitely have plans to keep up the adventures. We have been retired for a while now and it is a fun time in our life…especially with all the travelling we have been able to do so far!
You are retirement inspirations too Jenny 🙂 I’m pretty sure you’ll still be wandering the globe at will at 83!
Where do I start! I have such a growing list of things I want to do when I retire. I think I have a couple of books in me, more travel of course and I would love to do more Yoga, walking, reading great books and going to the movies. These are the things that I don’t get time to do at the moment because my work interferes with my social life! Lol. I love Lynn’s advice. She is a great example of making the most of your life, despite your age. Super is very important when you get to my age. I would naturally like the caviar rather than the baked beans! 🙂
Hi Kathy, I can’t wait to read your books 🙂 Yes, me too … I’d prefer the caviar to baked bean retirement with lots of travel (as you are doing).
Thanks for your insightful comments Jill. Yes, we have to keep out of our loungers for as long as possible and live our later years to the full. Love your attitude 🙂
Life Images by Jill
What a fabulously inspiring woman Lynn is. We should all follow her lead. I will look for Lynn’s book. There is a huge world out there to explore, not necessarily with travel overseas, but within your own communities there is so much that we can be involved in. I remember my mother’s world shrinking till it became her chair in the lounge-room and the effect that shrinking had on her and my Dad. I intend that not to happen to me. We are about to access our super and I know there is lots on our bucket list. Thanks Jo for another fabulous post for us Lifestylers.