Third Act Anecdotes: Brief Observations About Reclaiming a Vibrant Life After 50.
Hi there! I’m Rebecca Slaton.
And I’ve spent the last five years answering one question, “Am I going to be alright?” Before I turned 50, I had a happy marriage, fulfilling career, and a dream home I renovated myself. Then my husband Bruce was diagnosed with Stage Four Lung Cancer and it changed everything about what I hoped and expected for my life. Overnight I became a caregiver and breadwinner. Along the way I made many mistakes, closed businesses and moved several times. But something else happened as well. I began writing little stories about navigating life in the shadow of illness and impending grief. Some were sad. Some were funny. All were honest. And in those observations I found a new purpose.
My husband died on June 26th 2019. I quit my job six months later with a new dream which was sharing, through my written musings and photographs, how I am learning to be a capable, resilient and creative women again. A year into this new journey, I met another 50 something trying to reinvent his own life after personnel and professional loss. We recognized something in each other-hope- and fell in love during a pandemic. Now we are building a life together including working on this site.
I know many people 50 plus feel the same way I do because you write me notes sharing stories of your loss. It could be a loved one dies, a job ends, a divorce happens, an empty nest begins, or a passion is deferred. You ask me, “Am I going to be alright?” I don’t know but I am willing to work on it together. But you also share your dreams for the future. I am proof life can begin again after 50.
The Third Act is when the plot is resolved and the dramatic questions are answered. In a great story, the characters area transformed with a sense of their own destiny.
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