In 2012, I turned 60, stopped dying my hair,
and started contemplating how I was going
to invest the ThirdThird of my life.
When Social Security was begun in 1935, the expected life span of the American male was 58 years. Today it is 78. We boomers grew up with our parents planning to work until age 65, then travel a bit….and die after a few years of retirement. The ThirdThird was not thought of as the quality time of life.
I am nowhere near ready to just retire, travel a bit, and lay down and die. My husband and I have every reason to believe we might have another 30 years of productive life. His parents were in their 80’s when they died. My mother was 91, when I turned 60. Doing the math, it was a bit of a shock when I realized that, if I live as long as my Mother (she died at age 94), I had another 30 years to live. 30 + 30 = 60. Another 30 and there I was…..90 years old. My husband and I are both healthy and active and curious and ambitious. We are intentionally positioning ourselves to live our lives on purpose, to need less, to give more, to make a positive difference, over the next 30 years, ….or for however long God grants us breath.
The ThirdThird can be the BEST Third,
I have no doubt.
I am living it and planning it and discovering it.
I have strengths and experiences and history that I can share to guide others into their own Best ThirdThird. As I navigate and explore, I will share and encourage.
It is my dream to inspire thousands to discern how make the most of their first Two Thirds and to purposely design their own Best ThirdThird.