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Inventing the Rest of Our Lives

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From Sidney

I retired 3 months ago after a 38 year in corporate America. Two books that have been a great guide are both by Suzanne Braun Levine.

First read Inventing The Rest Of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood,” and then “50 Is The New Fifty”. It doesn’t matter if you are 50 or 70, the messages apply.

Enjoy! I think this next phase will be great fun!


From joyful53

I just found Inventing the Rest of Our Lives and particularly love the concept of the”fertile void” – the time period when lots might be happening, but we can’t quite see it.  It is not a comfortable time but an important one. In twelve days I will become an “ex teacher” and, after a busy summer, will enter my “fertile void”.

When people ask me what I have planned next I tell them I’m not quite sure but I made the decision to retire with the assumption that when I open my life to something new, something new is bound to come along.  I’m reminded of the image of a trapeze artist – she has to let go in order to fly to the next bar. I’ll be flying and hoping that next bar shows up as planned!

Of course I am so incredibly thankful to have the economic freedom that allows me to do this.  It is a gift that I do not take lightly.  I send my gratitude to my dear departed dad, my boyfriend, even my ex husband and to the union trailblazers who ensured my pension.

[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]


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