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Life Experience

Boomers Take a Bow -- Time for Your Encore Career

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.01.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

After years of running the kids to all of their practices, ferrying snacks to games and holding down a full-time job, it is finally time to let go and follow your own path and passion.

Hard Lessons Learned by the Temporarily Homeless

Stephanie Lam | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Stephanie Lam

Every college student is excited to be going home, graduating, or embarking on a grand adventure for the summer. I was supposed to have an internship with an amazing PR company and a whole summer in NYC. What I hadn't planned for was being kicked out onto the street at the last minute. In other words, I was homeless.

I Don't Want An 'Average' Life

| Posted 09.25.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

L.I.F.E.: Love, Imagine, Feel, Experience

Raluca A. Ray | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Raluca A. Ray

When you can imagine love, you can feel it and this will ultimately create the experience of it. It is as easy as that.

What No One Tells You About Changing Your Life

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

We're never done. There will never be a point at which I stop and say, "Okay, I'm good. No more changes or transformations for me." Ha! There is always a new experience to be had, something to learn, someone to push you and ways to grow.

Traveling With Older Women

Arlene Schindler | Posted 08.19.2013 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

As much as I learned about the Chinese people and their culture, I also gleaned a great deal from the Americans who journeyed in my tour group: most notably the two women in their 70s who were traveling solo.

Stop Narrating Your Life and Start Living It!

Nancy Colier | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

If you listen to the contents of your internal dialogue, it is often a running description of the experience that you are actually living now. That is to say, you are continually telling yourself the story of your life, even though you are the one supposedly living it.

What Will Be Left When You Are Older?

Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor

If by age 9, my daughter already has a Kindle Fire, access to an iPad and has been to New York City twice and on and on, what is left for her to experience when she is older? Am I somehow setting her up for crushing disappointment?

Steven: Los Angeles, Nov. 19, 2007

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

"Can I help you find anything?" he asks. "How 'bout the meaning of life?" I reply. Without hesitation, he tells me, "That's two aisles over, middle shelf, in a small can!"

Teddy: Aventura, Florida, Dec. 30, 2010

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I thought I'd cured myself of my chronic "foot-in-mouth-itis" -- that is, saying things to people based on assumption, being totally wrong, then feeling like a jerk. But alas, it lingers.

Luminous Commute: Miami Beach, September 2007

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Driving, I'm like a bow being pulled across the strings. Now, I am in the rondo, the third movement, where things that used to matter don't and things that never mattered do; where the mundane appears vivid and even the simplest, most ordinary routines become holy.

Ra: Miami Beach, August 2011

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I reach out to shake his hand, and he grips my forearm as I grip his. I go to my car and find a dollar in the tray, which I give to Ra, though never did he ask for it. As I drive out I see him mounting his bicycle, ready to ride on now that I'm safe.

One Of The Best Perks Of Being 50

Dori Hartley | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty
Dori Hartley

One of the perks of being 50-years-old-and-then-some is this freedom-inducing newfound ability to simply not care in the same way you used to when you were, say, a spry 49-year-old. And that's a good thing because caring less about what isn't important saves time and energy.

The Stories We Tell, or How I Met My Husband

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Those stories that we tell -- how we met, how he proposed, the birth of each of our children -- those stories are what connect us to each other and keep us remembering all (so much!) that we've experienced together.

40:20 Vision: What I Wish I'd Known At 20 That I Know At 40

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.16.2012 | Women
MeiMei Fox

No one, no matter how wise, can give you advice on how to live your life. The best path you can take in your 20's is to get to know yourself.

The Hidden Key To Happiness? Acquiring Experiences

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

Do too much watching and not enough experiencing, and you wind up looking in the window of life or the smart phone.

Professors Give Credit For 'Life Experience'

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

At first, James A. Nienow was skeptical of the idea. Why should instructors give students academic credit for something they had done outside a classr...

10 Truths I Wish I'd Known Sooner

realsimple.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Her friends and family tried to guide her. But it was only through years of rich experience that she grasped the realities of life....