Recently I watched a TED Talk by Jane Fonda who focused on life's third act. One thing she said, "How do we use this time?" - referring to the years after 50 - resonated with me. It can be a challenge to use our time meaningfully while aging. My struggles to decide what to devote my time to revolve around a series of questions.
- Should I seek out more paid work to continue to use my education and experience to contribute financially to my family or can I let that go?
- Do I seek out volunteer activities that address problems in the world that I dearly wish were solved or do I pursue those that hit the "sweet spot" of my lifelong interests and provide a "fun" quotient?
- How much time do I spend on health related activities such as exercising and creating healthy meals?
- Do I devote a few or many hours to having fun, exploring my world, sharing time with friends?
- How much time do I spend on activities that are of low or no value to me and how do I stop doing that?
I could go on.
How do you use your time during your third act? How did you decide to use it that way?