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:
A comprehensive program of self-exploration for people over 50. Visit AARP's Life Reimagined website for courses, articles and life-maps to help navigate 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.
Happy New Year! May you discover new paths and have the courage to walk them.