Meaning & Purpose in the Second Half of Life: A Guide to Finding What to Do with the Rest of Your Life

Public Broadcasting Service
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What will you do with the rest of your life? People often find themselves at a crossroads in their 50s and 60s. Their professional path may no longer be as rewarding or as full of options as it once was, they may be facing an empty nest, or their significant relationships may be shifting ground. For many, the only thing that’s clear is the question “Now what?”

 

With the possibility of 30 or more years of life ahead, those in midlife often find themselves yearning to abandon or overhaul past approaches and set fresh, positive ones in motion.

 

This stage of life is actually the perfect time to reinvent — or reawaken — the most authentic and meaningful parts of ourselves. Relieved of many of our previous commitments, we are free to probe the measure of our own experience and wisdom and pursue things that can make our hearts and souls sing.

 

This eBook from PBS and Next Avenue presents smart advice and insights for discovering fresh perspective and meaning, delving into invigorating pursuits, and sparking a renewed sense of purpose.

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About the author

Akiko Busch is a contributing editor at Metropolis.

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Publisher
Public Broadcasting Service
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Published on
Jan 1, 2014
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Pages
53
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ISBN
9781627640091
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Self-Help / Aging
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
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