Some clichés we all fear about aging: body pain, too much T.V., hearing loss. But every so often we hear one of those stories about an 80-year-old running a marathon or a 98-year-old paragliding. Who are these people we wonder? How do they stay so fit and engaged? And then most of us think: “I want that to be me.”
This is what we mean when we say “second act.” Some people retire to the couch; other people take up a new job, a volunteer position, or travel. Having a second act means never giving up on adventures, away or at home.
Released last week, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a movie from our parent company Participant Media, stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson—all actors working well beyond or at retirement age. And it’s a movie about taking chances later in life. Judi Dench told us that before making the movie she didn’t know she was going to fall madly in love with India, where the story takes place—and that’s just the point. None of us know what delightful things await us down the road.
In this issue of TakePart on MSN Causes, we talk about something most online magazines don’t but that everyone thinks about: getting older. Mallika Chopra tells us how she’s coping with her fears about old age. In our story “Trick Endings: 10 People With Inspiring Second-Act Stories,” you’ll meet amazing individuals kicking butt in the later part of their lives. And don’t miss our Q&A with the incredibly wise and very lovely Dame Judi Dench.