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By Marlo Thomas
Lucky for us, â€śThat Girlâ€ť Marlo Thomas chose to live a life filled with goodwill and positive action rather than to simply rest on her prestigious family laurels.
In her latest book, It Ainâ€™t Overâ€¦ Till Itâ€™s Over, Marlo introduces us to 60 women who are proving that itâ€™s never too late to live our dreams, whether itâ€™s to launch a business, travel the world, get a PhD, indulge a creative impulse, make a family recipe famous, escape danger, find love â€“ even fill a void in life with a challenging new experience.
Readers are sure to discover a kindred spirit whether they are reading about the graphic artist who fulfilled a childhood ambition by going to med school when she was 42; the private-practice psychiatrist who convinced her husband that they should quit their jobs and take off on an exciting, open-ended, cross-country adventure in a giant bus; or the middle-aged English teacher who, devastated to discover that her husband was cheating on her, refused to be a victim, filed for divorce, and began the challenging journey of rebuilding her life.
When asked what inspired this book, Ms. Thomas says, â€śI meet so many women as I travel the country. And wherever I go, I listen to them talk about the dreams they left behind; or the ones they tried to achieve that went nowhere; or the ones they never even attempted. And more often than not, I hear the deep yearning in their voices as they talk about their search for a way to rekindle those dreams. And their fear is always the same: Itâ€™s too late, isnâ€™t it? Well, now that Iâ€™ve lived a little, I know this to be true: Itâ€™s never too late. It ainâ€™t over till itâ€™s over.â€ť
These women inspired Marlo to launch her own website on AOL and the Huffington Post in 2010, creating a destination where women could gather together, tell their stories, share their passions, and encourage one another to create a new dream, or to go back and pick up an old one.
Says Thomas, â€śAfter a few months online, I began to notice a common theme among the women who were sharing their stories: They were stuck. Some were stuck in dead-end jobs that made them feel lifeless inside. Others were new empty nesters, confronted, practically overnight, with a big, quiet house and a bigger, quieter future. Still others had experienced a life crisis: a divorce, a layoff, the death of a loved one, and had fallen into a stultifying funk.
Most were aware that they were at a crucial crossroads, but they had no idea which way to turn. Some, however, had a positive response to this defining moment in their lives. To them, the giant wall that had sprung up in their path was not a barrier, but something to leap over. These were the stories I wanted to share.â€ť
It Ainâ€™t Over… speaks to women of all ages with the empowering message: The best is yet to come! As a reader, perhaps your take-away message should be: If you want to predict the future, invent it!