Peter Drucker was right when he said that you must begin managing the second half of your life long before you enter it.
I see people every day soldiering on valiantly in their daily work, sometimes enjoying it, sometimes overwhelmed, fretting, or frightened... Some tally the days before they can retire; some want to work forever, their identities so wrapped up in their roles. Most are simply too busy with the tasks and responsibilities of everyday life to notice that we have come to a point where the second half of life is right ahead of us, or here. Just as we endeavored to find our vocation and to build a life in the first half of life, the second half of life presents a unique and separate opportunity to engage all aspects of who we have become and express it in a new way.
Some find this mid-point in life troubling. It's normal and understandable. Even Dante wrote in the 14th Century, "In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray."
I think it need not be so gloomy. No doubt, life circumstances will intervene in our lives, but we can live intentionally, creating in the second half of life things that we seek and are important to us. It can be an encore career, a new personal endeavor, or something else. But you must first become awake to your own life, and you must act -- hopefully well before you enter your second half.
These days, I think a lot about a comment by David Bornstein, the journalist who has specialized in the issues of aging. He writes, "When you were young, you think about risk in terms of health, safety, or financial aspects. As you age, you realize that the biggest risk is dying without having really expressed who you are."
I agree. I'm committed to using my days and my energy to live fully, and to encourage others to do the same and to start now. We each get only one life and one lifetime to express who we are.
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.