“Your Life Calling”

120_jane_alpaca_couple.imgcache.rev1270748233049What an apt title for the new Boomer mantra! Jane Pauley and AARP have collaborated on a monthly Today Show segment and AARP feature showcasing 50+ people who are reinventing themselves by following their dreams to start new careers.

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up, because they’re looking for ideas,” observes comedian Paula Poundstone. AARP thinks “she’s on to something. Every minute, eight Americans turn 50 years old. As their work lives and personal responsibilities change, more and more of these still-fit, still-energized boomers are thinking, “What’s next?”

The first two segment I watched hit home — they were about knitting, one of my longtime passions. In “The Joy of Socks,” Betsy Lee McCarthy chose a time to resign just after she had been offered a promotion and a large compensation increase for her position as a health care administrator. Five decades after her grandmother taught her to knit, Betsy plunged into unknown territory of knitting as a career.


Next came “A Rural Reinvention,” about Thomas and Connie Betts who moved to the country to start an alpaca ranch and knit shop. Thomas, an operations manager for West Marine who loved sailing, sold his 41 foot boat and purchased his first 7 alpacas.  His wife, Connie, continues to work as a technical writer from home but also runs the knit shop supplied with yarn from their alpacas.


After catching up with past segments, watch the newest at 8:30 PM EST on March 27th, 2013.

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