Posted by Sue on:
Tonight at Victoria Hall I had my first my first introduction to Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.
This much-acclaimed author, sociologist, and speaker presented a packed audience with information about life's third chapter, the period spanning from 50 to 75 years of age. Ms. Lawrence-Lightfoot asserts that views about aging are being redefined. We are learning to embrace our challenges, strengths, maturity, power and sexiness.
We are also searching for new meanings for money vs. making an imprint on others and it's time to compose and narrate our new life. She identifies this transition as "looking back and giving forward." Look back at the lessons we learned in childhood and enact those principles. This might require "unlearning school habits," confronting ancient wounds and rediscovering our gifts.
Teach our children (and ourselves) to appreciate the generations in a "respected reciprocity."
Cross boundaries into the unknown. Be curious. Let go of fear (particularly, fear of failure which may be camouflaged as an opportunity for growth). Be willing to be open and vulnerable. Develop empathy. Merge old and new.
Collectively act to effect change so that we can create a new vision of later life.
Don't miss this opportunity to become what you need to be.
Thank you, Ms. Lawrence-Lightfoot, for shedding a new positive light on a period of life many view with apprehension (myself included).
For more information about the 3rd chapter of life, see www.50somethinginfo.com dedicated to bringing the best of the Internet to boomers and seniors.