A Fruitful, Enjoyable Third Age

How to enjoy your life as you move into your Third Age?  

As we approach our Third Age, we can often feel a shift happening in ourselves and in the world around us, but are uncertain about where to begin, or what to do about it. And as we experience the changing world around us,  we begin to question where we have been and where we want to go now, given these changes.

A Whole New Mind book cover

In his book A Whole New Mind. Daniel Pink suggests that we are moving toward what he calls the Conceptual Age, in fact, a whole new future.  This is a time when right-brain skills will become more and more important. Society will begin to place a high value on what he calls the six senses: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning. These senses are often where our yearnings are found as we approach our Third Age.

How To Enjoy Your Life

One way to get a handle on these yearnings is to explore six core adult passions as described by Frederic Hudson & Pamela McLean in Life Launch. In this and subsequent articles, we will review these passions, and suggest some ways to get in touch with our own thinking and feelings about them. Life Launch book cover

Personal Mastery

Claiming Yourself (the first passion) involves getting in touch with your inner sense of self. To do that, it’s important to know what motivates you, what you think is important and where you are going. It involves your self-image, how you describe yourself, your values, standards, principles, boundaries, roles and goals.

How many pages can you write about yourself?  

Take some time alone to reflect or meditate and find some way to record your thinking.  Whether you choose to write in a favourite journal or to record your thoughts verbally is not important.  Just use what fits your style. The important thing is to review all aspects of your life and you. You can begin by answering these questions:

  • Who are you?  How would you describe yourself?
  • What do you like most about being you?  Consider your values and principles.
  • How would you describe your boundaries?
  • How would you define your life purpose?
  • Where are you now?  Describe your life now.
  • Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to go with you?
  • What do you need to learn or do?

Mindset Monday Challenge

You don’t need to be in your Third Age to benefit from exploring your Personal Mastery.. Give it a try and if you find this difficult to focus, find a compatible friend and discuss the questions together or find a coach who can help you with the exercise.

Care to share any discoveries with us? 

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Lowell Ann Fuglsang

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2 thoughts on “A Fruitful, Enjoyable Third Age”

  1. It is so exciting to have discovered the Third Act a couple of years ago. Now it feels like it is popping up everywhere. I believe that these will be the best years of life if we don’t ignore this opportunity. What I have found is that people are not only not aware, they have no idea how to go about making the best of it. LowellAnn has provided a systematic approach that primes the pump to get the life energy flowing. A coach with tremendous depth and well ahead of her time.

    • Thanks for your support Gina. Don’t you just love all these ways of getting around that loaded terminology like “seniors” “senior years”, “aging”? – Third Age , Third Act, Third Chapter all contain so much more optimism and anticipation. This is where I like to live and I know you do too. la


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