One of the most powerful elements of our workshop at NYU was the brainstorming session. We asked our over-40 participants to write their life history to date, and then their perfect obit! Then we asked the most thought-provoking piece, “What is keeping you from your perfect obit?” We asked them to focus on three priorities that they could start working on over the next three months.
We were so delighted and inspired by the results of this brainstorming section – it turned out to be the highest scoring part of the day! Women who never met each other before opened up about their fears, dreams, and schemes – laying groundwork for a career transition, their reinvention, or for their legacy. When it was time to regroup for the workshop wrap-up, I thought I would need a police whistle to get them to stop talking!
This was indeed proof-positive to me that supporting groups like this work! They inspire spontaneity and ideas, create action, and put challenge and potential into the air! And the result? Optimism, hope, and excitement. The fact that several women rose to our “DARE ME” challenge and recited their DARES out loud was even more gratifying!