This article is very good, with some excellent insights, but like all things, it comes from a particular perspective and culture.
The emphasis on the last stage involving leaving a legacy is suited to some cultures and natures, but not all. It does not resonate with me.
It is about more ‘doing’ when the Fourth Stage of life should surely be about ‘being.’ Yes, some people may be into doing and may indeed wish to leave a legacy and do so, but others may just want to relax and embrace life without pressure or demands of any kind – finally.
Often our legacy is already written by the time we hit sixty, and the last stage of this material life, will bring forth its own demands and requirements and ‘leaving a legacy’ in concrete terms, may have no part in it.
Ageing graciously requires grace, and practising grace, acceptance, kindness and learning to ‘mind less’ and smile more will automatically create not just the best kind of legacy for many, perhaps not all, but one which makes the immediate world in which we live, a better place.
Life is an adventure and one for which generally we cannot plan. Perhaps in the final stage and stages of life, we can practice embracing the adventure of life, however it may manifest, in ways we could not do when younger.
Or perhaps it is time to sit back and if we can’t enjoy the ride, find fulfillment and purpose in the ride, whatever it may be.