5 TED Talks on Aging That Will Inspire You To Live Life on Your Own Terms

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Losing my sense of purpose is one of the unexpected things that started happening to me after my youngest son got his driver’s license. I had to begin facing the reality that I was no longer a “mom” in the nurturing, traditional sense of the word that I’d known for thirty years of my life. I had to ask “what’s next?” “What now?”

Thankfully, the questions I was asking had me looking forward because that’s absolutely the direction I needed to go.

It’s easy to get stuck in the loop of looking back and wondering how the years slipped by. It’s an odd spot to be in when you’ve fulfilled your dreams, carried through and successfully raised your children. There’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment but there’s also a scary uncertainty to know one season has ended and having to figure out how to gracefully move to the next.

5 TED Talks on Aging That Will Inspire You To Live Life on Your Own Terms

Eighteen years ago, I wrote a list, asking myself “What do I really want?” I’m overjoyed to know that list has been fulfilled. It’s time now, though, for a new list. What do I really want in this next phase of life?

Two things on my list that I knew I absolutely wanted to continue are exploring the world and being of service to others. From that has sprung this new blog: Second Season Travel.

I haven’t completed my list, though.

As I move through this phase of uncertainty, I know I need help from experts who have walked (and are walking) the road already. Along the path of exploration I’ve uncovered some true gems. These five TED Talks on aging have inspired me to not only live my next phase of life on my own terms, but to really dig deep. If you are at a cross-roads or wondering “what’s next?” have a listen.

I hope you will find these brilliant talks as inspiring as I do.  And I hope they will help you pave new trails as we journey forward!

A Woman Over 50: A Life Unleashed

What’s Wrong With Dying?

Dare to Question Why We Are So Afraid of Getting Older

The Secret To Successful Aging

TEDxWomen — Jane Fonda

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Barb Webb
Barb Webb is a sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s following the road less traveled, writing about country living and artisan culture. Travel specialties are: Agritourism and Second Season of Life (over 50) Adventures.
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    • Cynthia Knisy
    • February 12, 2019

    Thank you so much. For a long time I realized I have wisdom to provide. The problem is, young people don’t want to listen. I didn’t listen to the wisdom of my grandfather. Now I realize I should have listened to him because I would have a better life. Anyway, I eat healthy, exercise but I don’t volunteer. So as soon as I get a good car, I am going to volunteer and make friends I was a reporter and journalist. Even nominated for Pulizer

  1. Barb Webb

    Cynthia, thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely feedback! Truly made my day that we are able to connect and that this post resonated with you. As the saying goes, we are so blind in youth sometimes, aren’t we? I hope that we can help change that and pave the path for future generations to grab onto all that wisdom, rather than dismissing it so easily. And it sure sounds like you have oodles of wisdom to spare and share!! Kudos to you for setting a goal to volunteer, that is wonderful! I will think good thoughts for you to get that car and fulfill your desire to be of service!

  2. Fantastic roundup of thought-provoking topics Barb. Congratulations on this new road in your life! I can’t wait to follow along on your journey!

  3. Barb Webb

    Thanks so much Linda! I hope you enjoy the videos, these women have tons of great advice! Feels great to doing something fresh and connect with others who are on the same road! 🙂 Truly appreciate your support!

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