Here you'll discover a video of Jane Fonda giving a compelling talk on the same subject, life's third act. She too was influenced by Ms. Bateson's ideas. Each of us has deep dreams. I believe that these "extra" years offer an opportunity, if we will only grab it, to realize that deferred dream.
Or as the poet, Langston Hughes said,
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--- and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?"
My deepest dream has always been to write, because it's the thing I think I cannot do. What is yours?