Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? chronicles the lives of people who are well past retirement age, and who are ready to begin what would be the “end” of their lives. The concept that these people are actually at the end of anything is a difficult one to consider. However, many find new ways to redefine themselves and who they are, and pick up where they left off looking for the answer to their lives’ dreams.
We all know that it is possible to pick ourselves up again after a personal loss, a bankruptcy or a tragedy. In What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life?, the stories are of heart-warming moments and of people who had the strength to pursue their lives at any age. There is the story of a teacher who started off as a substitute and went on to teach in schools where she was needed the most. At sixty-eight years old, she is making a difference in the lives of her students. Another story centers on an inventor who experienced some success, then had setbacks because of a mismanagement error at a company she trusted. She eventually prevailed, but not without some soul searching as to what she really wanted and what success would really be worth to her.
Each story tells of the men and women who overcame the odds, and their stories are an inspiration for us all. In these tough economic times, anyone at any age can learn to reinvent who he or she is to find a new career or a new place in the job market. Success can be found anywhere and it is there for the taking.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Penguin Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.