I find myself entering into a new challenge. I'm in my mid fifties and recently received a golden handshake and severance pay in lieu of notice. They will probably replace me with someone who is 20 years younger and 30 grand lighter in the wallet but that is the nature of the business I was in. I looked around for similar jobs and was recruited aggressively until we got to the age part. Officially companies cannot discriminate on the basis of age but it is a major factor.
Instead I was approached by someone who read my resume online in the financial services industry - now my age speaks to wisdom I am told. I wrote the profile they ask you to complete and magically I am a perfect fit for the industry. So I have been studying to pass my exams and get licensed. There are many steps to take along the way but as they say a change is as good as a rest and I feel energized about my new job and the opportunity to help people prepare for retirement.
The moral of the story is simple - Do not become discouraged if you find yourself in a similar position. For every door that closes there is another door out there just waiting to be opened. It may take you a while to find the right one but you will if you look hard enough. When it comes, take advantage of it and make it work for you and your new employer...and never look back!