I talk with working Baby Boomers. Everyone still has dreams for their professional life, whether they are an employee or, like me, operating a business. The difference from our youth and middle years is that the dreams are more circumscribed. That doesn't mean they're less motivating or exciting.
For example, a mid-level manager in compliance at an insurance company dreams about opening his own boutique for small businesses to outsource their compliance function.
A newly self-employed owner of a tutoring franchise dreams of being the expert on how to improve performance on standardized tests.
Me? In about five years I assume that telecommunications, including all payments made digitally, will get to the point that I can operate my business from an RV. I will maintain Arizona as my legal home and where I receive medical and dental care through Medicare. One of the most creative, productive times of my life was when my animal companion Lee K. and I were driving from New England to Arizona. I long to be back on the road.
Do I miss the outsize dreams, like being a presidential speechwriter? Not in the last few years. I have invested plenty of research and energy into adjusting to aging. No way could I put in the 18 hour days demanded in the White House.