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Act 3, Take 1- The Afternoon of Our Lives

Many of us will live to be 80 years old or beyond. This roughly breaks down into four nice blocks of time… each one a very different life-stage.

  • 0-20 years: Focus is on physical growth, learning, and education
  • 21-40 years: Focus is on building family, home, and career

  • 41- 60 years: Focus becomes re-thinking and evaluating our life’s purpose and mission

  • 61- 80 years: Focus continues with life’s purpose and mission, legacy, and reflection

Many people are fairly well “settled” into family, community, and job by the ages of 41 to 60. Sometimes we waver between the two groups with divorce and remarriage, job changes, and locality moves. But years 41 to 60 are generally a period of maturity. With the maturity and wisdom that increasing age usually brings, this age is when we begin a deeper reflection on life. The first 40 years are spent in such a frenzy to find learning, love, financial stability, and a place at the table in business that we many times don’t take much time for reflection.

The “afternoon of our lives” signifies what is likely the next half of our lives. And-probably- the last half of our lives. Ugghh. That sounds so…well…grown up. And scary!

Things to think about:

  • What do I want to see “more of” in my life?
  • What do I want to see “less of” in my life?
  • What new habits would I like to make?
  • What old habits would I like to drop?
  • Where do I want to live?
  • Will my home be low maintenance or large acreage?
  • Do I want to travel?
  • With whom do I want to travel?
  • Where do I want to travel?
  • Do I want to work 20, 40, or 60 hours per week? Work at all?
  • Do I want to take up a new hobby?
  • What will it be?
  • Should I go back to school?
  • Can I fall in love again?
  • Can I fall in love all over again with my spouse or significant other?
  • Where can I volunteer? Who can benefit from my time, energy, talents?

Begin now to make the very best of the afternoon of your life!

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Judy W Bell

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