"Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up, because they're looking for ideas," observes comedian Paula Poundstone.
We think she's on to something. Every minute, eight Americans turn 50 years old. As their work lives and personal responsibilities change, more and more of these still-fit, still-energized boomers are thinking, "What's next?"
To explore what's next—in their careers, on the home front, and far beyond—AARP is teaming up with Jane Pauley, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and former co-host of Today and Dateline NBC.
"These are trying times," says Pauley. "And by that I mean it's a great time to be trying new things."
Each month on the Today show, and in features here at AARP.org/Jane, Jane Pauley and AARP will shine a spotlight on people who, both by choice and by necessity, are reinventing themselves and "trying new things"—such as starting new careers (often called "encore careers"), learning new skills, changing how they live, and, after years of waiting, finally pursuing their dreams.
Perhaps the people we profile, the places we visit, and the resources we provide will inspire you to follow your life calling.