Can you start your life over, even if you aren’t a twenty- something, or even thirtyish?
Jane Pauley just did. Sunday she became the new host of CBS Sunday Morning. It is not only a prestigious new gig, but a declaration that it’s not too late to restart yourself, no matter what your age. At 65, when most people are retiring, Pauley is taking on a huge new responsibility.
Pauley famously got her first big job forty years ago at the age of twenty-five when she became the host of NBC’s Today show. It was a big deal then- a woman anchoring a major broadcast. Though she has never been completely out of the public eye, in recent years she has taken small supporting roles in broadcast journalism. Now she is the first woman host of the CBS Sunday Morning, following icons Charles Kuralt and Charles Osgood.
In a recent interview with CBS This Morning, she shared her excitement. She is looking forward to the new routine and learning new things. She shared her delight in once again finding purpose in her life. “I didn’t know I was less happy two weeks ago, ” she said.
According to happiness research, having a purpose in life is one of the keys to happiness. So are using your strengths, finding a community and acknowledging the good in your life. No wonder Pauley positively glowed as she talked about her new life.
When asked about her 25 year -old self, Pauley said, ” I wish she, the 25 year old me, knew that this could happen.”
Wouldn’t we all love to tell our 25 year- old selves that things will work out, that we will be okay, and that in our future we will find fulfillment. Wouldn’t we love to teach our younger selves that it is never too late to start again, to try something new and to find joy in our everyday lives.
There is an old saying that you are either green and growing or ripe and rotting. CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose put his spin on the idea when tells Pauley, “You can constantly repot your life.” I love that image.
I plan on repotting my life as necessary. How about you?