Kick Back or Live With Purpose? Why Choose?

New research shows it’s a false dichotomy for people over 50

A recent New York Times op-ed piece, “Boomers Reach the End of Their To-Do Lists,” kicked up a lot of dust. “By the time you’ve worked long enough, hard enough, real life begins to reveal itself as something other than effort, other than accomplishment. Real life wishes to be left to its own purposeless devices,” wrote Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day.

Hampl’s book exhorts people of all ages to take time to just appreciate life. We can all use a little of that. But her op-ed also appears to say that boomers, in particular, are at a stage where they’ve earned the right to live without worrying about accomplishing anything purposeful.

Not so fast.

Read more at Next Avenue.