What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Life’s Third Act



Today is my birthday.

When I was much younger, I loved my birthday. Then I went through an unfortunate phase from about 35 through 40 (which I now consider to have been a complete waste of time and energy and, more unforgivably, cake) when I spent my birthdays thinking about all I had NOT accomplished.

I got over that, happily, and now I’m back to enjoying the day. It does, however, inspire me to reflect on aging and my future. When wandering around on one day recently, I came upon this remarkable Ted Talk Jane Fonda gave about her life since 60 and what she thinks we can get out of what she calls our “third act.” It’s profound and positive and has made me think a great deal about how to use my time.

Hope you enjoy it! (And youngsters, feel free to skip this one if you aren’t yet ready to hear about how much fun and satisfaction you can look forward to later in life.) Of course, I can afford to be optimistic. There’s cake in my future!


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

28 thoughts on “Life’s Third Act

  1. Most excellent. Happy birthday from the heart.

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  2. Happy Birthday to you, Donna–and many, many more!

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  3. Happy Birthday. My birthday wish for you is that ONLY GOOD things happen for you today. Happy Birthday.

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  4. Happy New You-Year! Celebrate every little joy that every day brings – like your followers celebrate receiving your lovely blog.

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  5. Happy birthday Donna! 🙂

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  6. Happy birthday. So true, Im 71 but only look ahead. Like most people I did stupid things in the past but I dont regret them now. Its easy in hindsight to think I shouldnt have done them but i think making them made me a better person! Enjoy today(and tomorrow and the next and………………….)

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  7. Happy Birthday to you!!
    Thanks so much for posting this, it’s just wonderful! I’ve shared it on my Facebook page.
    Have a great day!

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  8. Happy Birthday!

    I spend too much time regretting how much time I wasted in my younger days on trivial things. Without realizing the wider world around me. And all the time I was wasting! A vicious cycle. But I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

    Thanks for making me think about these things.

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  9. Thank you for finding this; it’s terrific! And happy birthday again!

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  10. thank you, that was wonderful, such an amazingly inciteful woman

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  11. I hope that you had a very happy birthday!

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  12. Great post. Stay positive!

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