Book Review: What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life ~ Bruce Frankel
It was a rainy dreary day and I just could not motivate myself to get into the tasks at hand. With no real demands until dinner time, I grabbed this book from the Online Book Tours group, started a fire in the fireplace and curled up in my favorite chair.
What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life turned out to be a breath of fresh air and I read the whole book, cover to cover that very day. Now the subtitle of the book is: True Stories of Finding success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life and it fit the bill to a tee. True Stories I enjoy very much and finding success and meaning in life, this book was a wonder full read.
The book is about 14, if you include the author 15, people who lived fairly ordinary lives and did the right thing and what was expected of them. Then they turned 60 and along their journey they bumped into their passion and lived out their hopes and fulfilled the dream. All of the stories are about people who are ahead of the baby boom generation and will provide inspiration for those who come along after. I include the author because the idea for this book just bumped into him.
“…MANY SUBJECTS IN THIS BOOK WHO SUFFERED PROFOUND PAIN AND LOSS WERE WILLING AND ABLE TO REVISIT THEIR TRAUMAS… THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES FORWARD, ACTIVELY ATTENDING TO THE PRESENT AND MOVING OPTIMISTICALLY TOWARD WHAT THEY HOPE TO CREATE.”
Here is a list of the passions discovered: becoming a documentary film maker ( I start here because the first film she made was about Granny D who at 89 walked across the USA to highlight the need for campaign finance reform – Granny D died at age 100 March 10,2010), became a Psychologist, adopted a New England village for her home and assisted the woman in a village in Ghana with micro loans and education, published a bestselling novel at age 94 and the sequel at age 98, started running in marathons, 86 year old park ranger-community activist, recycled furniture to those in need, became a 2nd grade teacher, developed into a renown stone carver, became an art expert/collector and started her own museum, opened a diner where people could re-connect and renew the community spirit after 9/11, and a civil servant who became a professional dancer. Is that not an amazing list?
It started me thinking about the folks, I know like my friend Carol Ann who at 73 does triathlons and gets up every morning at 5:30am to train and keep fit. I am going to share this book with her.
Bruce Frankel was between projects when he and a friend over coffee started focusing in on ideas of things they could write. His friend took another direction and Frankel continued on with this book idea.
I was inspired by this book as I feel like I have not missed out on realizing my passion and I have been thinking about this book ever since completing it. Where do I want to put my energies now that I am over 60 and the children are launched and my partner is busy with his passion (bike riding and drawing) I feel excited about the possibilities.
I am going to share the quote I found most inspiring with you and I think one will find it on each book review you read about this book. This is what the folks have in common:
“As unique as each is, as a group the individuals in What Should I do with the rest of my Life? Have done what the scientists tell us we should do: they maintain healthy diets, exercise regularly, challenge themselves, fill their lives with novel experiences and varied social connections. They, are for the most part, thin. They like to dance and to exercise. They tend to be more spiritual than religious. Even those who are of a more solitary nature interact and communicate daily with extensive networks of people. And despite occasional complaint about minor forgetfulness, they have exquisite memories. Listening closely to their own desires, and not to prescriptions for aging well, they have followed their own curiosity on paths of learning and discovery. And in doing so, they have fed their passions and given themselves permission to achieve success.”
Others who are reviewing this book for TLC Book Tour:
March 8: Silver and Grace
March 9: Journey and Ohh… Books!
March 11th: A Garden Carried in My Pocket
March 17th: Truth 2 Being Fit
March 18th: Patricia’s Wisdom
March 22: Erasing the bored
March 23: Jane Be Nimble
March 24th: Luxury Reading
March 25th: Happy Lotus
What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life is available for purchase through Amazon by clicking on the icon on this post or on the recommended reading column of Patricia’s Wisdom.
What passion do you think you will pursue in the later part of your life?
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