I recently came across a wonderful TedTalk, Rethinking the Bucket List" by Kathleen Taylor at TedxTampaBay. She's a mental health counselor who works with end-of-life patients. What she's learned from those at the end of their lives is how to live life now. It's powerful, instructive, and insightful. Take a look.
I cherish her insights because I believe that the gift of the "second half of life" is the opportunity to uncover new ways of being in the world, to find new understandings, and to discover new energy and power in the second half of life in ways that were not possible in the first half of life. With a shift in thinking such as that Kathleen talks about, you can create a life with more meaning, happiness, and joy.
Do you want to take time to think about your life? Come join my Midlife through Retirement: A Catalyst for Change class in winter quarter at North Seattle College.
The "second half of life" -- midlife and beyond -- has unique qualities. We're in midst of our life, and yet we start to sense that something is changing or has already changed. We may begin to feel differently inside, and it stirs a need or a longing to regroup in order to move forward and onward in a more personally meaningful way. People come to my class for different reasons. Some may be seeing an empty nest, reconsidering career or employment choices, pondering how and when to retire, or what to do as we feel ourselves getting older.
The goal of the Midlife class is to be able to better understand and appreciate the life transitions that often happen around midlife through retirement. We look at life transitions -- what we're moving away from (or leaving behind) and what we're moving towards in the next stage of our life, and how to create a meaningful path forward. Class will be a combination of lecture, discussions, and exercises. I'll be sharing different approaches, tools, and ideas that I hope will show the great opportunity that this time in life presents. This 6-week class will draw on various ideas to look at life, moving from our past to present to future. Much more than the bucket list, it's looking at the bucket.
The bucket list
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.