Change is never easy. It can be scary, messy and risky. Add being over fifty to the equation and the thought of change can be downright paralyzing. Fear not, change can actually be quite good for a person. Change helps us to challenge our fears, to expand our thinking and to reach out beyond our former boundaries.
One of the biggest changes a person can face is when we need to reinvent ourselves, both in small and large ways. Sometimes reinvention is a choice; that itch or yearning you get to explore new frontiers, other times reinvention is imposed upon us, and we have no choice. Regardless, change is often inevitable and so we look for help along the way.
The following books and movies have helped me when I have faced changes large and small:
Marlo Thomas collected the stories of 60 women over the age of 50 (quite a few in their 60's and 70's) who embraced and often celebrated change.
AARP's Life Reimagined website for courses, articles and life-maps to help navigate change.A comprehensive program of self-exploration for people over 50. Visit
Using her own life story and those of people she has worked with, Jane Pauley examines how people began their journey of change.
Walton, a professor of leadership in the US Navy's Advanced Management Program, shares stories of individuals who used the increased creativity that comes with age to create new careers. Includes a recent research on aging and potential.
With the demise of the concept of the retirement of the past, author Chris Farrell envisions a different second chapter for our lives. A shift in aging that might change our social structures for the better.
This delightful story not only includes love (which is always a good thing) but also reinvention in ways the characters did not anticipate.
Happy New Year! May you discover new paths and have the courage to walk them.