Reinventing your life sounds tempting no matter what your age. But after 50 or 60, it becomes an imperative. Whatever you’ve always wanted to accomplish, or whoever that person is that you want to be, now is the moment. There is no waiting for later.

So how does it work? How do you reinvent yourself? The most important lesson is that it’s not about changing jobs or retiring, or moving to a new place, or traveling – the real journey of reinvention is the one that happens inside your head and your heart. The outer journey of change and adventure is easy. The bigger challenge is the journey to acknowledge and deal with your inner demons.

 

The journey IS your reinvention. It’s not a destination.

 

 

 

At age 62, my husband and I decided to take a gap year to reinvent our lives. We left Washington D.C., after 31 years, and moved to an island off the coast of Maine. We lived in Paris for a month to learn French. We volunteered in Africa, a lifelong dream. I thought the novelty of our adventures would get rid of the chronic depression and anxiety I had suffered for years.

Instead, my inner demons came roaring back. Shame held me back at first from speaking publicly about depression. But I discovered that there is a hunger for the acknowledgement of depression - and how to deal with it - especially when your life appears thriving and successful on the outside.

My TED-style talk explores the surprising journey of reinvention and what anyone at any age can learn about how to become the person you want to be and live the life you want.

Named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company, I have spoken at major conferences and before business groups throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and China

Adventures in Reinvention: the Road to Enough [excerpt]

Taking a Gap Year After Sixty

My main stage talk at the World Domination Summit in front of an audience of 3,000. I start speaking at 00:39.

 

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