A year ago, Jane Pauley returned to the Today show to investigate a question that seemed to be on the tip of every boomer's tongue: What's next?
"We're going to live longer than our parents' generation, and there comes a point when you ask yourself, 'What am I going do?'" Pauley says. "You can only play so much golf."
In the first season of AARP's series "Your Life Calling," Pauley told the stories of 12 persons 50 and older who took bold steps into the unknown and reinvented their careers, their retirement and their lives. She traveled the country talking with all kinds of people — from Tripp Hanson, a Broadway dancer turned acupuncturist, to Anthony Tata, a retired Army general turned chief operating officer for a public school system.
As Pauley wraps up the first season and prepares for the second, here's a look at what some of the people you met on "Your Life Calling" have been up to since their stories aired on the Today show.
• You might remember Trudy Lundgren, who left the bustle of Manhattan for a life on the road, doing graphic design work with her partner, Lisa Wade, out of her 320-square-foot RV. The pair recently traded in their original vehicle (which they had aptly named "The Catbird Seat") for a Monaco Diplomat with just a bit more breathing room ("We can dance in the living room!"), but Lundgren assures that they have no plans of slowing down anytime soon. "The open road continues to beckon, and we have no regrets about our lifestyle change," she says. "If anything, we like it even more."
• Maryland well driller Ken Wood continues his humanitarian mission in Ghana, where he drills water wells for villages that lack basic sanitation. Working with his small nonprofit, Wells for Ghana, Wood returned to Ghana this winter. He has now drilled 550 wells (and counting) in Western Africa, and he's hoping to expand the project as he raises money to begin drilling projects in impoverished areas of India and Tanzania.