The people experiencing this stage are "Third Act-ors" (TAs for short). Third Actors are far from done! TAs don't have time to waste on getting approval from others. TAs have experience and wisdom that the world needs and have a burning desire to share it.
Real character is what Baby Boomers have entering into Act III. We are educated and competitive. We love to learn; we love to achieve. Since our youth, we have wanted to make a difference in the world. We have been seasoned by hardships and challenges. We have learned from the lives of those who have gone before us. We are unlikely to accept "not working" as our only goal. In some cases, to consider anything other than gainful employment is not an option. The definition of success has broadened to more than a monetary standard. We will test the assumptions of aging as we have tested the assumption of every life stage so far. We want our wisdom to make a difference. We want our lives to have purpose.
As we transition into Act III, we are not entering "retirement."
Many Baby Boomers are faced with a challenge: supporting thirty or more years of active living with an unknown and uncertain picture of their finances. For many boomers, the solution to this challenge is to continue working on a full or part-time basis well into their seventies or eighties. Longer working careers mean that TAs need to find ways to merge pleasure, purpose, and work.
In Act III--regardless of how you have viewed work--work now must equal purpose; purpose must equal purpose.
Act III is about the time in our life when we can make choices, given the flexibility created by wisdom, lifetime skills, financial foundation, and an acute understanding that now there can be no excuses for not living a life in balance, joy, and purpose.
You have already had golden moments of living your dreams. As you recognize your dream moments, you will be able to increase the choices you make in this direction, finding more options in fulfilling your dreams. The technique is "mind mapping."
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