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Act3 – The Art Of Growing Older

By Adrian and Judy Reith

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Publication date: April 2020
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Are You Walking Into The Future Backwards?

The baby boom generation who invented teenagers, sex and youth culture – are now entering Act3.

The stage of life we used to call retirement.

Except retirement is dead.

We’re living so much longer – 20 or more years longer than our grandparents – with better health and higher expectations. Old age just isn’t old age anymore.

No one is going quietly.

This New Old Age means lycra-clad 70/80 year-olds are leaving ordinary cyclists for dead on the hills.

People are starting businesses and new careers in their 60s.

There are proposals in Japan to raise the retirement age to 75.

If I'd known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.
— Eubie Blake, musician (age 96)

The reality is, we have a whole extra adult life to look forward to.

Look forward to…? Well that’s the problem – no one has prepared us for it. There’s no plan. It doesn’t even have a name.

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act”, said Truman Capote

In our book Act3 – How To Have A Better Life After 50 we tackle the fear, uncertainty, and our lack of preparedness for this extra stage of life – and provide a structured, step-by-step plan that encompasses all the areas of your life.

The aim: Get To The End Of Life With No Regrets.

You get to re-write your third act.

Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.’ says Harvard Professor Robert Waldinger.

It all starts with you. The real you. The bit that may be struggling as you hit your 50s and beyond. The bit that can let mid-life signals such as depression, alcohol, drugs and bad relationships mask what your inner, deep, real self is crying for – a sense of purpose and meaning. A life run according to the values that matter most to you.

So how do you get that? It’s about facing towards the future and making some plans. Why not re-write your story while there’s still time to act? In Act3.

Act3 can be your best act yet – if you’ve made a plan.

Plans imply action. Action implies change. Change will happen to us anyway, so this book is about taking control before the inevitable.

For example: the Latin phrase ‘Solvitur ambulando’ which means ‘it will be solved by walking’. Ironically, many of the problems of growing older are made better by increased mobility – and Health is one of the Life Areas we cover in the book, along with Home, Money, Work, Relationships, dealing with the World we live in, and Purpose.

This isn’t a diet book, a pensions book, a green book, a dating book — it’s a book where you’ll find tools to re-connect yourself to yourself – to make significant change for the better in a stage of life that humans have never before experienced. And we will make it a good read.

“I am two-time Golden Globe winner, Jim Carrey. You know, when I go to sleep at night, I’m not just a guy going to sleep. I’m two-time Golden Globe winner, Jim Carrey, going to get some well-needed shuteye. And when I dream, I don’t just dream any old dream. No, sir. I dream about being three-time Golden Globe winning actor, Jim Carrey. Because then I would be enough. It would finally be true. And I could stop this terrible search, for what I know ultimately won’t fulfil me.”
— Jim Carrey’s speech at the 2016 Golden Globe awards.

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