Reinventing your life sounds tempting to many people, no matter what your age. After 50 or 60, it becomes an imperative. However you want to live or whoever that person is that you want to be, now is the moment. There is no waiting for later.
Reinvention is not about changing jobs or retiring, or moving to a new place, or traveling – the real journey is the one that happens inside your head and your heart. The outer journey of change and adventure is easy. The bigger challenge is the journey to confront and get rid of your inner demons.
The journey IS your reinvention. It’s not a destination.
At age 62, my husband and I decided to take a gap year to reinvent our lives. We left Washington D.C., after 31 years, and moved to an island off the coast of Maine. We lived in Paris for a month to learn French. We volunteered in Africa, a lifelong dream. I thought the novelty of our adventures would get rid of the chronic depression and anxiety I had suffered for years.
Instead, my inner demons came roaring back. Shame held me back at first from speaking publicly about depression. But I discovered that there is a hunger for the acknowledgement of depression - and how to deal with it - especially when your life appears thriving and successful on the outside.
My TED-style talk explores my surprising journey of reinvention, from planned adventures to unexpected despair, and finally to clarity.
Named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company, I have spoken at major conferences and before business groups throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and China.
Adventures in Reinvention: the Road to Enough [excerpt]
Taking a Gap Year After Sixty
My main stage talk at the World Domination Summit in front of an audience of 3,000.
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