6 Life-Changing Lessons from 2 Retirees Who Are Changing Lives

Retirement is the perfect time to redefine yourself, find a new sense of purpose and channel your passion in a meaningful way. What could that look like for you? Meet a doctor and a pilot who could give you some ideas for a happy, fulfilling retirement.

Dr. Lee Alward stands in front of an Orbis International jet.
Dr. Lee Alward has taught fellow eye teams on Orbis' Flying Eye Hospital in China, Kenya, Indonesia, the Philippines and most recently Hue, Vietnam, in 2019. Even with travel curtailed due to COVID, he has continued with virtual training from home.
(Image credit: Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee)

Editor’s note: Welcome to “The Retirement Happy Hour,” a lifestyle series that explores how people find happiness in retirement, featuring the personal stories of real retirees. Plus, scientific research that reveals how we can all start living a happier, more meaningful life right now.

Imagine as a child never seeing your mother’s smile. Or imagine being unable to attend school because the words in your textbooks seem to flow across the pages like spilled ink. Or imagine the sense of hopelessness in having your livelihood slip away as a dense fog obscures your vision.


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Jacob Schroeder

Jacob Schroeder is a financial writer covering topics related to personal finance and retirement. Over the course of a decade in the financial services industry, he has written materials to educate people on saving, investing and life in retirement. With the love of telling a good story, his work has appeared in publications including Yahoo Finance, Wealth Management magazine, The Detroit News and, as a short-story writer, various literary journals. He is also the creator of the finance newsletter The Root of All (https://rootofall.substack.com/), exploring how money shapes the world around us. Drawing from research and personal experiences, he relates lessons that readers can apply to make more informed financial decisions and live happier lives.