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Act Two & Beyond

On a Celebrity Cruise ship during a sea day, I went to a Beyond The Podium Series talk by Gid Pool. The subject was about making the most of your Act Two.  You know, Act Two, the second part of your life, where you do the things you always wanted to do.

Gid shared his story, of how he began a journey on his Act Two and became a Comedian.  His story is interesting.  He always loved making people laugh in school and his secret dream was to be a comedian.  But then the real world caught up with him, as it did does for all of us and the dream seemed lost forever.

So how did Gid come to talk about Act Two, at age 71?  His story is interesting.

At age 61, his wife’s boss invited them to his Comedy course graduation in Sarasota, Florida. This sparked life to his almost lost dream and with the support of his wife, Gid took the comedy course, which led him to emcee at the local comedy club, doing shows at comedy clubs, then to being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, being featured by Jane Pauly about some amazing things seniors are doing in their Act Two, then AARP featuring Gid at their National Convention’s Life Re-imaged Series.

Wow, what a series of events. It doesn’t stop there either. When I spoke with Gid on the Celebrity Ship, he said he and his wife were having the time of their lives doing the Celebrity Beyond The Podium Series as well as his featured comedy show.  Many cruises later they have been to a good many parts of the world and have met so many interesting people, sharing how to make the best of their Act Two. He said he would send me his book he was working on when it was released.

Last week I received Gid Pool’s book “Act Two & Beyond”. Inside the cover he wrote:

To Robert – Make each day more spectacular than the last!! – Gid Pool.

I just finished the book and relate to a lot of it. Gid reminds me of my brother Frank, always the kidder and making people laugh. But the book  is not about comedy, but about not being constricted by what you have done with your life, but instead motivated by what you want to do.

There are many people who have become famous and successful  because of their Act Two, but the book is not about that either, it’s about how to rekindle your dreams and have an amazing life of your own.

Gid shares an amazing story and  you can feel the excitement of his journey and this helps you recognize the possibilities everyone has. You don’t have to be rich to have an amazing Act Two.

Starting something new, not knowing where it is going, can be a little scary.  That’s part of the excitement. But your journey may take you further than you even thought possible.  It did for Gid.

Gid said once determined to start his Act Two, the roller coaster of events fell into place, seemingly guided by his muse. Trust in what you are doing and by all means have a good time. This may be the time of your  life!

If you are open to starting your own Act Two, I would recommend Gid Pool’s book “Act Two & Beyond“.

Del Webb Communities Retirement

Progression of a Retirement Dream

Retirement dreams change throughout life and what you end up doing in retirement is most often entirely different than your earlier retirement dreams.

For example, we remember these retirement dreams from our earlier days:

Retirement Dreams

beach retirementBeach Retirement Dream: In our 30’s Mary Ann and I loved going to the beach and thought that moving to Florida and living near the beach would be just great. Not having to go to work and just going to the beach when we wanted and of course eating plenty of seafood, would be the life!


farm retirementOur Farm Dream: In our 40’s we bought a 2 acre lot near the lake. We started thinking that in retirement, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get some land, maybe 20 to 50 acres with a farm house. A garden or small fishing lake would be nice. I could split firewood and work the land to stay in shape.


retirement travelRV Travel Dream: In our 50’s we were enjoying traveling and thought wouldn’t it be nice to buy a RV and just travel the country. Going where we wanted, when we wanted. We wouldn’t need much space, we would be going and doing and seeing the country.

Retirement Dream Come True

So now in our 60’s when the time came for us to really retire, we evaluated our retirement dreams.

The Beach Retirement Dream was no longer something we wanted to do. We don’t like being out in the sun that much, the beach is sandy and hot. Well that’s doesn’t sound great to us after all.

The Farm Dream was no longer appealing to us anymore either. All the chores and things that would need to do done to keep up a farm was going in the wrong direction for us; we wanted to simplify. The isolated life on a farm was not appealing to us.

We were not up to the the RV Travel Dream after all. Think of all the things that could go wrong on the road.  Would safety be a concern? You really need to have a lot of energy to drive one of those big RVs, find places to set up, set up and taking it down, etc. Nope, not for us.

Our Retirement Life

After trying the weekend stays at several Del Webb Communities, we decided this is where we would start our retirement life.

We loved taking cruises and it was said that the large Del Webb Communities are like a cruise ships and we have found that to be true. There is always something to do and entertain us and you can socialize  with friends on your street, the club house or at any of the numerous activities.

We can still vacation at the beach or travel wherever we want but it is nice having so much available right in our community.

Now that we have living here for one year, we still like our new community. Things we like are: new friends and neighbors, our house, the clubhouse, bocce league play, pickleball with friends, card games, having friends over for dinner and going to their homes for dinner, plenty of places to walk, trying new restaurants in the area, less traffic and our community’s website and newsletter, forums and special interest clubs and taking our cardio class.  I could keep going but you get the idea. I think we like that it gives us a variety of things to do.

A great retirement is having things you like to do, with people you like to do them with. We found that at a Del Webb Community. -Robert and Mary Ann