I am sure that we all can reminisce around the song from Crosby Still Nash and Young called Teach your Children well. Here are the opening lines to remind you:
You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so, become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Teach your children well.
I have been compiling a list of skills that we can use for our Skills Platform (live soon) and the word that came to mind was TEACH. Just teach what you know. This is how Wikipedia describes it:
Teaching is the imparting of knowledge by a teacher or other knowledgeable person.
As we approach retirement age we have lived for many years and we are all knowledgeable in something. It can be high level or just everyday life, but we have value in what we know.
So, what can you teach and where can you teach? We will need to do some reflection and ask others around us what they think we can teach? It may be reading to children, a love of maths, woodwork, baking, accounting or geography.
Here are some ideas I have thought about:
- A love of mechanics and willing to share at a local school on a regular basis.
- A talent for art and able to use your skill in a workshop for the elderly.
- A love of reading and willing to read at a school near you.
- A love for gardening and able to help teach a group of unemployed youth the skills.
- You have the skills to teach CPR and use your skills at schools and places where people gather.
- You have the patience to teach others how to drive a car.
- You love baking and share your skills with a group of moms.
- You have a love for leadership and offer your services with an NPO working with unemployed youth.
- You have a love for woodwork and able to teach a group of young people keen to learn.
- You have a love for this country and willing to share your knowledge with a training group of tour guides.
These are ten simple ideas. There are hundreds more. The most important thing is to look at your life, what you are good at and passionate about and find the right fit.
Meaningful work and engaging with others is a great gift in this season of life and leaves a legacy in the lives of those you touch.
JUST go and TEACH.