What Do You Want to Do when You Grow up? Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life by Dorothy Cantor Psy D., Andrea Thompson
Renowned psychologist Dorothy Cantor thoughtfully shows how to create an exciting future in this road map for anyone in middle or retirement age.Later life can be richly fulfilling, intensely satisfying, and even marked by a newfound attitude toward life. Cantor's work proves that there is more to life after work than material security. She knows what it takes for us to keep growing and presents a dynamic plan for exploring our past and present in order to discover how best to design the years ahead.
Cantor supplies practical tools for taking an inventory of our major decisions, role models, wishes, disappointments, and talents. Next she shows how to pull all of the information together and make a plan for the next chunk of life - the time when we can enjoy the greatest freedom, when all the choices are up to us.
Since you have bought this book, or at least picked it up to thumb through in the bookstore, clearly the question posed in the title has piqued your interest. Perhaps it reminded you of a similar question you were asked every now and then by one of the adults in your life when you were a kid - "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Can you make the transition to after work or to a really new kind of work in a thoughtful, orderly, and satisfactory way, not with fear and trembling but with confidence that what you are doping out for yourself will be rewarding, invigorating, and fun? Absolutely, if you put some time and energy into charting a path.
Centuries ago, when the world was still largely unknown, cartographers sometimes wrote at the edges of their maps, in those spaces indicating lands or seas still to be discovered, the words "Beyond this place, there be dragons!" The prospect of exploring the unknown is usually daunting, and sometimes scary. But the dragons go away - indeed, turn out never to have been there - once the map is drawn. Only by drawing your map, and charting the uncharted, can you design a life of your own choosing.