La Divina Commedia Creating the life and career you love in the Second Half of Life By Peter de Kuster with Falco Valkenburg You Can Lead the Life of Your Dreams: Dante’s Divina Commedia Dante was right. You can have a Heaven in the Second Half of your Life. You can lead the life you’ve always wished no matter your age or stage in life. The dream you think has become impossible with advancing age, new obligations or increased responsibility can be made real. The hope you’ve been deferring until a time when the stars in the skies above Florence are in perfect alignment can be fulfilled today. The goal you think out of reach because you traveled an alternate path is still within your grasp.
You can give up your present career at 50 and pursue your dream of becoming a writer. You can leave a deadening retirement behind and start a second career. (and travel to Florence first to study art history). You can give up having a successful business career and instead start a career with more meaning. You can launch a business now, despite not having quite clear how and what. But you Take a Testdrive in Your Dreamjob to provide for this. You have an opportunity, as in the Divina Commedia, not just to reinvent yourself, but to create a true heaven by becoming your true self. To give expression to your suppressed hopes and dreams; to take the dream you’ve kept dormant in the dark within you, expose it to the warmth and light of Italy and let it burst forth into life. Almost all of us have buried personal hopes and dreams. In order to please our parents, our friends, our spouses, our business partners, we’ve molded our lives into what the outside world wants us to be.
To win and keep love we’ve acted in certain ways and followed certain parts. We lived a certain lifestyle or lived in a certain place. To become accepted, first by our friends and then society at large, we have adopted certain stories, convictions, attitudes and behaviors. We’ve allowed the outside world to draw up schedules and checklists for us against we judge our own worth. Not earning Euro 100.000 by forty? Loser. Haven’t retired early and moved to the south of france or spain? Failure. Comparing ourselves to these external standards often brings misery and self hatred: Either we despise ourselves for not measuring up, or we despise ourselves for not being true to our own selves. You understand now which wolves chased Dante in the woods? Good news. There’s never been a better time to revolt against external standards and to be true to yourself. We’re living in a transitory time. Society, culture and the economy are all shifting. The old myths about work, retirement, old age have lost most of their power. We’re lucky enough to be alive in this moment when anything is possible, at the moment perfect for Creating a Life and Work You Love in the Second Half of Life.
It’t doesn’t matter if you’re widowed, seventy years old an living on a fixed income. It doesn’t matter if you’ve to kids in a college and thousands of euro’s in debt. It doesn’t matter if you’re a workaholic professional, or an unemployed manager or a burned out salesperson. We have seen all these people create a life and work they love. We can help you too. Dante will guide you. Is entrepreneurship part of your dream? Technology and improved health make it possible for anyone at any age to start a business. Society’s attitude toward older entrepreneurs have changed. Older individuals more active today than in the past, with work involving less physical strength and stamina. You don’t have to put your savings at risk in starting a business right now. No one has a right to tell your, “No you can’t do that’ ‘You’re to old to do that’ – not even that negative and domineering little voice in your head.
There’s no scorecard or measuring stick you need compare yourself against other than the one in your own story. Ultimately there’s nothing that stands in your way to heaven other than internal inhibitions, insecurities, and fears. The hell of Dante is inside you. As is his heaven. Creating a life and work you love in the second half of your life won’t be painless. You may need to make sacrifices and compromises. You might need to learn new skiss. And, it may take some time. But a new life of
substance and meaning can’t be built in a day. This is one journey when a litlle pain (hell) and a bit of fear (another hell) are problably good things. If your journey is painless and you’re not afraid of it, you’re not launching the new life you truly desire. We believe with Dante that when you keep your dreams locked away in inner darkness, they begin to eat away at your soul. But, by exposing those repressed dreams to the light and pursuing them, you lift your soul to unimagined heights. Simply by telling your story of your own Divina Commedia, giving yourself the possibility of a new life, you begin to feel like a new person. Reinvent yourself, and you’ll experience more added joy and contentment than you can imagine. Your Divina Commedia doesn’t just change the specific aspect of your life that you’re reinventing; in invigorates your entire life. Skeptical that a journey in the Florence of Dante can help you live the life of your dreams? Maybe you think you’re too old. Perhaps you feel that your opportunity has passed. Certain that you can’t afford it? Or are you doubtful launching a Divina Commedia can really improve your life in all the ways we’ve outlined. Don’t worry. We’re not insulted by your disbelief. Almost everyone is initially dubious when we say you can create a life and work
you love after 50. It will tearn your life from black and white into the multicolor of Florence. All we ask is give us a chance to outline our story. What do you have to lose? In picking up this travel guide we’re safe in assuming that either you feel somewhat uneasy, dissatisfied or unhappy with your current life, or you dread a retirement, or you’ve a buried dream you’d like to resurrect and pursue. You’re fed up with being fed up. Give us the opportunity to show
you in this guide of Florence how we reinvented ourselves, how Dante did and how you can. To raise the curtain on your Divina Commedia, all you need to do is tell a story about your dream. Who better than Roberto Benigni to guide you?