In the Art of of the Third Act, we present the work of artists — writers, photographers, visual artists, composers, singers, musicians, jazz players…some better known than others — who have created beautiful work about the notions that pass through our heads, like the passing of time; the sorrow, uncertainty, and pleasure of old age; love and passion; dying and immortality; and the indispensable value of friends.
Throughout these volumes of material is the theme “don’t die till you’re dead.”
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Are you entering or in your “Third Act” of life, perhaps feeling the loss of perceived influence and affluence, or just not as “in the game” as you once were? This read will open you up to the astonishments of what can happen when you embrace the man you are now, and that how old you are is not as important as how you are old.
Try taking a look at your life with a new lens, new voice and renewed identity and feel free to share with us your experiences.
Though Leonard Quart expresses disdain for the infirmities of old age, his determination to march on and prosper -- in spite of the time of year and of life -- show us the way forward. Don't die till you're dead!
Old age is not always a portrait of decrepitude and a signal of imminent death. Ishmael’s description of Father Mapple in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is in my mind the most celebratory depiction of “the winter of a healthy old age” – the possibility that one’s vitality may survive well into old age.