Last week Michelle Rafter, founder of the WordCount Blogathon and a writer for the website SecondAct, which is geared towards those over 40, asked Blogathoners to write about their “second acts”: risks they’ve taken, changes they’ve made, or revelations that have come to them in the second half of their lives.
To me there is nothing more inspiring than a good reinvention story. I love Eat Pray Love. I often pick up Po Bronson’s What Should I Do With My Life?, a collection of stories about people who are finding their professional purpose, even though I’ve read the book several times now. I write profiles more than any other type of article because I like to hear people’s stories.
So even though Michelle will be linking to a few of the Blogathon posts on SecondAct.com, I can’t resist directing you to a few of them here.
Julie Farrar took off on a two-month stint in Paris after dropping her daughter off at college. She writes about the lessons traveling has taught her about living well in midlife. But I think her advice reads as valuable life lessons for people of any age, regardless of whether you travel.
Nurse Marijke Vroomen Durning wanted to be a full-time writer – and now she is. Anyone who has thought about changing careers should read her inspiring story.
Jennifer Willis attends a telescope building workshop, part of her goal to reclaim a long-lost but not forgotten passion for astronomy.
Patrick McGraw conquered his fear of team sports in his 40s by joining a soccer team.
Jackie Dishner used long bike rides, church, and journaling to heal from a rocky relationship – and to transition into a career as an inspirational speaker. She also offers tips on how to mentally release fear so you can plunge forward into your own “second act.”
To me, second acts can come at any age. So what life transitions are you most proud of?