True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life, by Bruce Frankel
Whether prompted by advancing birthdays, unexpected personal events, a job loss, or retirement, at some point, many of us come to reconsider our lives. We wonder, is it too late to redefine ourselves and leave our mark in the world? In this book of intimate narratives, Bruce Frankel introduces a host of unforgettable everyday people who have bravely embraced a new sense of possibility late in life with almost unimaginable success, passion, and purpose.
What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? captures the singular lives of everyday, yet extraordinary “late bloomers” who have bravely embraced new callings, discovered unforeseen pleasures, and overthrown the usual expectations of age. This collection of men and women— activist, artist, athlete, inventor, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and more— demonstrate that, no matter what one’s age, we are able to transform ourselves, achieve significant goals, and blaze paths to true fulfillment.
Diverse, irresistible, and full of spirit, this book brings to life a civil servant, laid off at age 52, who earned a Ph.D. in psychology and became a full time therapist for substance abusers; a woman who flew off to Africa and founded a model microfinance program; an ex-intelligence officer who became a featured modern dancer; a farmer’s widow who opened a successful diner in response to 9/11; a lens grinder who chiseled 1,200 stone heads and turned his property into the “Easter Island of the Hudson;” a record store owner who became America’s oldest National Park Service ranger; a Jewish grandmother who opened an erotic art museum in South Beach; and others who prove that anything is possible.
What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life? is a book about living with spark throughout all our days. Honest, wise, inspiring, and often funny, these exhilarating stories of triumph and renewal are full of passion and imagination—and plenty of chutzpah.
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