That awkward time between college and retirement

Midlife doesn't have to be boring.

Last week, I shared some thoughts on why adults should play sports. This week, NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty shares thoughts on thriving in that awkward period of life between college and retirement.

"At every stage of life, you should be a rookie at something."

This insight comes from Chris Dionigi, a Ph.D. in "weed science" and the deputy director of the National Invasive Species Council (that kind of weed). He believes trying new things and failing keeps you robust. He took comedy improv classes and now spends many nights and weekends riding his bicycle as an auxiliary police officer for Arlington County, Va.

Always have something new and challenging in your life, he says, "and if that something is of service to people and things you care about, you can lead an extraordinary life."

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