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What is Your Third Life?

We feel most people have three lives.

Our first life (youth to sometime in our 20’s) is full of wonder, curiosity and zest for exploring, but not yet wisdom.

Our second life (our professional years) focuses on career and family. We spend most of our time and energy addressing our obligations, making and saving money, and perhaps, along the way, we come to understand ourselves better. In the process, we gain wisdom but have very little time to wonder and wander.

When we reach our third life (empty-nest, retirement, financial independence), we may have discovered that money, possessions, and career success only give us fleeting happiness. We begin to value experiences rather than things; we seek meaningful relationships with others rather than mere connections to build an advantageous network.


Our third life is thus about combining the wonder of first life and the wisdom of second life to find richer personal meaning while wandering the world.

If first life taught us “what?,” and second life showed us “how?,” then third life is the time to seek out “why?”.

17 thoughts on “”

  1. Congrats and thanks for sharing your experience! I hope your future posts will address whether you sold your home in the U.S., what’s surprised you most about living in Granada and what other countries you considered.

  2. Mgt from Ireland here & I stumbled across your third life while searching for a dog /pet sit in Spain.I hope to wander the world using trusted hse sitters to find my way!

  3. This is where we are at in our lives! We are fortysomething from Oregon, USA. Last time we were in the US was Summer of 2017. We have called Europe home for the last 15 months!

    Live life to the fullest!

  4. Hi guys,

    This is inspirational! I’ve always wanted to live for at least a year in Spain to soak up the mudéjar architecture, the tapas, and the culture. Thank you for showing us that it is not just possible, but also cheaper than living in the US! We’re on our countdown to retirement, and Spain is on our list.

    • Tony,
      Thank you for your comment. Best of luck and let us know if there is anything we can help. Please keep in touch and share with us your experiences as you navigate your journey toward your third life.

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