"...it began as I was approaching my third act, my 60th birthday. How was I supposed to live it? What was I supposed to accomplish in this final act? And I realized that, in order to know where I was going, I had to know where I'd been. And so I went back and studied my first two acts. I discovered, a couple of years later, this process I had gone through is called "doing a life review."
Jane Fonda, TED Talk - Life's Third Act
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With age come transitions like retirement, downsizing, changing health status. Identity needs to be re-calibrated. Taking time to reflect on your life and tell your story provides an opportunity to see where you've been. How do you want to define yourself as you move forward ? How do you deepen your appreciation for what you have already experienced and gain insight into who you are still becoming?
Class meets six times, once a week for two hours. Over the six weeks, you will be asked to approach your life as if it were a story. Who were the main characters, what were the plot lines, turning points, recurrent themes? How did you change over time, why or why not? What were the obstacles, what were the successes?
Each class begins with content and discussion and culminates in a group sharing exercise. Classes are small, no larger than six people to encourage trust and make sure there is enough time to share, explore and be heard.
This is a maturational, reflective and personal process that offers a rich, unique opportunity to tell your story. So what's your story? Are you telling the right one?