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Jane Fonda: Life’s Third Act

In July 2011 Jane released a new book  “Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit – Making the Most of all of Your Life”.  She also produced a TED Talk in December 2011 which was released this January.  She is very passionate about researching the lives of the over-50 generation, and in which we find an extra 30 years added to our life expectancy.   Jane’s metaphor for the aging timeline is not an “arch” , instead she sees it as a “staircase”– and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. At TEDxWomen, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives and she suggests that we do a “life review“.   She urges us in this review to embrace our past and move on to overcome it.

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Are you in your Third Act?   Still in your Second Act?  Leo Buscaglia said this:  “Each of our acts make a statement as to our Purpose”.   Maya Angelou is even more profound: 

“Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got.  Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it”.

 

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