Today I’m sharing inspiring stories about people who are thrilled about the second half of life.
You’ve heard the term “aging in place”? Michael and Debbie Campbell, both retired, reject such a concept. Instead, they put their own home up for rent on AirBnB.com, and travel around the world, staying in rental homes for extended periods, purely to enjoy learning about a different part of the world. If you want to read more about them, click here.
This born inventor was told that engineering schools didn’t allow females to enroll. Eighty years later, Barbara Beskind landed her dream job: technology designer in Silicon Valley. Now she spends every day working with young people and inventing to her heart’s content. You can read her story here. There’s more about Barbara in an interview with National Public Radio here.
Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace for American Public Media. He’s also economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. In his new book, Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life, Farrell says that what scares people the most about getting older isn’t aging – it’s retirement. These days, people are asking, “What does retirement mean? What does my last third of life mean?” He says, “The most valuable asset an older person has is their network. The people that they’ve known over the years. Tap into that and start exploring, ‘What can I do next?’” You can read the interview here.
Geri Shapiro, aide to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, works every day in the thick of politics. She’s getting her second wind at 70-something, and says one of the best things about being older is “That it is really OK for a woman to be Type A., ambitious and competitive; I am finally there!!” You can read more about this human fireball here.
LATE ADDITION: This morning I’m featured on Seniorpreneur, a blog in the United Kingdom that focuses on encore careers. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello! Click here.
On Friday, we’ll talk more about the six stages of adult development. Have a great week!