S3-EP25: Debbie Weil on Turning 70, Mortality, and Making the Most of Growing Older

Jul 2, 2021


Debbie Weil is interviewed by her producer Julie-Roxane Krikorian about turning 70, mortality, productivity, her halting efforts to age gracefully, and Season 4 of The Gap Year Podcast.



This is the last episode of Season 3. We’ll be back in the fall with Season 4!

As a way to finish this season on a special note, Debbie turns the mic over to her producer, Julie-Roxane.

JR gets Debbie to reveal her ambivalent feelings about turning 70 and how she can’t shake ageist thoughts about growing old. They talk about mortality and what her priorities are for the decades – well, maybe two decades – to come.  At almost 70 (her birthday is in December), Debbie figures she’s got 15 to 20 years of good time left. They talk about what “good time” means and how the definition of productivity might change in your 70s and 80s.

If you’ve been listening for a while, you know that one of the broad topics of the podcast is aging with acceptance, wisdom, and grace. So the dirty secret is out. Debbie is not a model, yet, for how to do this.  It’s still aspirational. She continues to work on a more positive mindset as she looks ahead, as well as a more intentional way of living. In other words,  “making the most of growing older.”  That will be the underlying theme of Season 4.

Thank you so much for listening and participating in Season 3 of The Gap Year Podcast. We’ll see you back here, in the fall, for Season 4.

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