Now in the 4th year of interviewing guests on my TV show, "Alivelihood:New Adventures As We Age," I'm still enthralled with the sense of adventure, committment, and passion these people exude.
I'm not surprised, as I too have developed a sense of adventure in my years after 50. Much more than I did as a 20-something. What allows us to take more risks, to be more in the present, and to care less about how others view us? I think I'll write about this question in my next Huff/Post50 blog post.
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Art Singer retired from his 30+ year career in public broadcasting to write a book about one of his passions, the love of movies and Boston history and architecture. He did meticulous research about Boston's old "movie palaces," culminating in a book called Boston's Downtown Movie Palaces.
Kendall Dudley went from creating a database of the Islamic architecture he learned to love when in the Peace Corps, to teaching journal writing (depicted in the photo below), to using journaling for career coaching. His love of the visual, writing, teaching autobiography, and travel led him to taking small groups to Morocco to be "intentional travelers," rather than just tourists. He's working on a book, called:
A Traveler in The World of Work: Tools for Crossing into Your Own Land
which depicts his creative way of working with individuals seeking work to be passionate about.
Ava Berinstein went back to her love for the Mayan language she studied while a PhD student in linguistics back in her 20s. She left her mid-years' career in fundraising for non-profits after her child was launched. Now she's doing things that she's interested in, including resurrecting the language of a Mayan group she learned so much about decades ago. Her mission is to revitalize this almost-lost oral tradition by broadcasting the stories on the radio to villages in Guatemala that still speak it. Introduced to ethnic jewelry and design while doing her field work many years ago, she started to design jewelry, based on those early experiences. See Avala Beads to view her lovely designs.