Second Act Wisdom

Reinvention is a predominant theme in my own life and that of my protagonist, Isabella of the Mediterranean Kingdom, a beautiful mermaid who is aged thirty years and given twenty extra pounds to carry. In keeping with this theme, I introduced a Second Acts series on my blog and invited several women to share their inspiring journeys.

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Pearls of wisdom from their reinvention stories…

A lot of us realize somewhere in our forties or fifties that we really want to be doing something else and, whether through circumstances or conscious decision, head off the beaten path. Kathy Bryson

No matter how bad things may seem right now, or how impossible your dreams might look, the belief that anything is possible is a necessary requirement if you want to live a better life than the one you’re currently experiencing. Belief in your dreams, a plan to make them a reality and taking action each and every day towards making those dreams real, are important steps in living the life that you’ve dreamed about. Sandra Dawes

Will I write the great American novel? Probably not, but I’ve been enjoying a very diverse new career…Whether this is my final act or an interim one, I know the variety of things I have done and people who have influenced me can all be tied back to the decision I made in childhood to never be pigeonholed. Debra Goldstein

As we hang on to our current trapeze bar we feel safe, it is familiar, and we know what is expected of us. But sometimes in the distance we spot another trapeze bar coming towards us. What do we do? This new bar may offer us a whole new world of many possibilities. It starts to swing closer and closer. There comes a time when we have to make a choice. Do we jump or do we stay? Penny Gundry

I don’t think it’s ever too late to do that thing you always wanted to do. Most of the most interesting people I know are second, third and even fourth acters. Our children do as we do and not as we say, and I realized that if I wanted my girls to be the sort of women who went after what they wanted and lived the sort of life that would fulfill them, the best thing I could do, is live that life for myself. Sarah Hegger

If you’re considering a second act, I suggest you view each act as a separate lifetime. My grandfather was a grocer all his life, my father a professor for his, but many people today deviate wildly from their original trajectory. What you’ve done, no matter how tangentially related to where you want to go, built a foundation of life experience supporting your evolution into who, what, and where you are today. Leave the past behind but don’t discard its substantial gifts. Dr. Christy Johnson

If you made the wrong choice with a lover from long ago and have always regretted it, or if someone in your past did you wrong and put you off from trying a new relationship, second chance romances are tailor-made for you. Becky Lower

Perhaps you, too, want to step out of the box in which you find yourself. I encourage you to look at the possibilities and imagine. Be filled with childlike wonder in your mental wanderings. Envision what might be, not simply what is. Let us never forget, all good fiction begins when someone says to herself or himself, “Let’s pretend.” Linda Pennell

I respect the lessons that I’ve learned along the way. Wherever I have been has been necessary for my evolution. I haven’t rejected my past because it has shaped who I am. I lived coloring within the lines and now I’m learning to paint my own picture…This time, there will be no script. I’m accepting the fluidity of life and eagerly awaiting the next plot twist. Yes. The Second Act is firmly underway…and I’m loving it. Emelia Sam

Nothing is impossible if you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it…Keep your mind and heart open because the learning never ends. B.J. Scott

My tools in the past had included the corporate mantra of “it’s not enough, do it and prove it again.” As part of my next big thing, I’m replacing those tools with the perspective of abundance and paraphrasing William Wordsworth, hoping to “fill my life with the breathings of my heart.” Jackie Yun

About Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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6 Responses to Second Act Wisdom

  1. lindapennell says:

    Love the concept of reinvention, as you know! Great article and loved reading what others had to say.

  2. kathybryson says:

    This is great, Joanne! Thank you, everybody, for these encouraging words as we start the New Year!

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