Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging

by Richard J. Leider, David Shapiro


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Grow old on purpose. This book invites readers to navigate a purposeful path from adulthood to elderhood with choice, curiosity, and courage.

Everyone is getting old; not everyone is growing old. But the path of purposeful aging is accessible to all—and it’s fundamental to health, happiness, and longevity.

With a focus on growing whole through developing a sense of purpose in later life, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? celebrates the experience of aging with inspiring stories, real-world practices, and provocative questions. Framed by a long conversation between two old friends, the book reconceives aging as a liberating experience that enables us to become more authentically the person we always meant to be with each passing year.

In their bestseller Repacking Your Bags, Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro defined the good life as “living in the place you belong, with people you love, doing the right work, on purpose.” This book builds on that definition to offer a purposeful path for living well while aging well.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523092451
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 73,270
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard J. Leider is the founder of Inventure—The Purpose Company, whose mission is to help people unlock the power of purpose. Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, Leider has written or cowritten eleven books, including three bestsellers, which have sold over one million copies.

David A. Shapiro is a philosopher, educator, and writer whose work consistently explores matters of meaning, purpose, and equity in the lives of young people and adults. He is a tenured philosophy professor at Cascadia College, a community college in the Seattle area.

Table of Contents

Preface Choosing the Path ix

Introduction The Long Conversation 1

1 Old? Who, Me? 9

2 If We All End Up Dying, What's the Purpose of Living? 20

3 Aren't I Somebody? 39

4 Am I Living the Good Life My Whole Life? 52

5 How Do I Stop Living a Default Life? 64

6 Am I Having a Late-Life Crisis? A 74

7 Will I Earn a Passing Grade in Life? 89

8 How Can I Grow Whole as I Grow Old? 101

9 How Will My Music Play On? 112

Afterword Staying on the Path 129

Acknowledgments 133

Index 135

About the Authors 143

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