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Tell Us Your Story About Starting Over

Open to immigrants, lacking a rigid class system, filled with open spaces where you can start over, the United States is world’s best place to try something new. The story of America is the story of doing it again. We retire, then spend our 70s and 80s working full-time on a new passion. We fail at one career, then discover our true gift in another. We stop our lives right in the middle—at the height of success and prosperity—to follow another, truer path. Over the next six weeks, we’ll be writing about these fresh starts in Slate, in a series called Second Acts—from GE financial officer turned Jesuit priest James Martin to fashion designer turned filmmaker Cindy Meehl, to an airline employee who has found post-retirement joy as a park ranger.

We’re also collecting your tales of starting over. Please use the form below to tell us the story of your second act—a comeback from failure, a post-retirement reinvention, a crazy mid-career jump to the new thing. With any luck, your stories will help other Slate readers see how they can leap into their second act. Tell us how you made your second act happen, what obstacles you had to overcome, whether you ever regretted it, and how it has all turned out. 

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    Natalie Eve Garrett
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  • Life Is Sweet
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    Emma Roller
    June 03, 2013
  • The Calling
    One man’s path to the priesthood.
    Katy Waldman
    May 23, 2013
  • Nothing but Net
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    Jeremy Stahl
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  • The Barefoot Contessa’s Kissinger Connection
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    Mark Joseph Stern
    May 13, 2013
  • Second Acts
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    David Plotz
    May 13, 2013

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