I was recently asked what I meant by the second half of life. Does that mean age 40 if you expect to live to be 80? Or if you're 68 now, is that past the second half? What's an "encore act"? Do we have one encore (after one long work life)? Or can we have multiple encore acts? Those of us who are curious, or brave, or by will or necessity may re-invent ourselves many times over in our life span, which incidentally is now expected to last well into our 70's, if we are so fortunate.
I choose not to venture how the terms are defined, but I am sure that each of these questions are answered in the affirmative, valid and true, because our lives are so unique and so different, regardless of our chronological age. I've heard an elusive Japanese saying that "while we are alive, we are all the same age." We in the West might mightily argue that there is a significant difference between a 40 year old and an 80 year old, but perhaps it is merely to suggest that none of us, young or old, can count on the days ahead.
I simply choose to mark the "second half" as somewhere near age 50 and above - or wherever you want it. By around 50, we have without doubt lived the first half of life, exploring and finding our identity through our loves, vocations, and endeavors, wasted time and enjoyed it, and filled our days with working, raising a family, or simply building a resume or a healthy bank account (or not). The second half of life - and any kind of encore act (or acts) you want to create - is for you. Your bucket list. Your goals, priorities, and values... How you and others will come to know who you really were.
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.