Season 4 Trailer: Making the Most of Growing Older

Oct 1, 2021



The Gap Year Podcast is back for Season 4 and our topic is “making the most of growing older.”

If you’ve been following the podcast since Season 1, you know that this topic has always been at the core of the show. But how DO you make the MOST of growing older? What does that even mean?

After three years of podcasting and 65 episodes, Debbie is very close to turning 70. It’s increasingly apparent to her that this “how to grow older” question really has no definitive answer. It’s a messy question, with messy answers.

The simplest definition she’s come up with is that it means reinventing life and work in what have traditionally been called the retirement years.  Well, that’s what’s most relevant to her right now.

If you’re anywhere near midlife, or older, you’ve probably wrestled with the “growing older” question yourself. At the same time, you may think of aging as a five-letter word – something to be avoided and even feared. Why is that?

In truth, this podcast is Debbie’s quest to answer her own aging and reinvention questions. But it’s also an invitation to you, dear listener, to join a conversation about what can be a difficult topic to unravel. Debbie hopes, as she fumbles about, sometimes with more grace than others, that she can inspire or nudge you to seek your own answers to the question: What does it mean to make the most of growing older? 

We’ll delve into topics like confronting the fear of death and how that affects your life, how to create a post-career identity and make a difference, and how to find purpose, the holy grail of growing up and growing older, right?


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