The Third Act of Life

My blogging friend InDaCampo wrote an interesting post about this third part of our lives that some of us are in, or think we are approaching, or are trying to figure out what this means for us. She included this TED talk which I really like.


Many of us move here to Panama when we retire. It is a huge life change to no longer be part of the work force. Suddenly we have the freedom to structure our own lives free of the obligations of work and expectations of others. What will we do with the rest of our lives? What does this new freedom mean? What do our lives mean now?

For me, it’s been a process. I totally love the change, but I’m also having trouble letting go of the lifelong habits of driving myself, feeling like I must accomplish things, feeling like I’m wasting time if I’m not busy. I’m still working on how to best spend this part of my life.  Time is the most precious thing we have and I want to make the most of it. I want to spend it on things that are worthwhile and things that I enjoy.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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4 Responses to The Third Act of Life

  1. Angeline M says:

    I haven’t watched the video yet, I’m out in a public place and will come back to it, but what you’ve said has struck close to home. I’ll be retiring from the workforce at the end of this November, after 44 years. I plan to work on my photography and writing, but that doesn’t sound like enough. I’m so used to being on the go. It does take a lot of thought, doesnt it?
    Thanks for this post.


  2. Maureen says:

    Kris, thanks for sharing this. Having been resuscitated 7 times from heart failure at age 52, (3 yrs ago)I have been given the chance to climb those stairs to old age. I ask myself “now what?” ” what do I want to be when I grow up?” I still haven’t found the answer. But I’m having fun looking! I like Jane Fonda ‘s outlook about this subject. Have a great week.


    • Kris says:

      Wow, you used up a number of your nine lives already! I hope your future outlook is bright and happy, and I think growing up is overrated 😀


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