How a 50-Something Plastic Surgeon Became a Volunteer Firefighter

When he retired from a 30-year career as a plastic surgeon, James Apesos felt the pull of a childhood dream to become a firefighter.  Given that he was in his late 50s, he was skeptical of his chances for fulfilling his dream — but that’s exactly what he did, as reported in a recent ABC article by Claire Shipman and Ben Forer.  If that weren’t enough, his wife Elizabeth also made a big change: from an administrator to the owner of a dance studio.  Two dramatic career transformations, to be sure!

For those seeking “a happy second act,” the article offers these tips:  1) Live forward.  Don’t dwell on past problems, 2) Look for positive reinforcement from friends and family as you make the transition, 3)  Relish the chance to work your way up again and be confident in your abilities (in other words, no shortcuts), and 4) Keep moving, since physical activity is critical.

Here’s the full article for those who would like to read it.

About Lynne Strang

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4 Responses to How a 50-Something Plastic Surgeon Became a Volunteer Firefighter

  1. I like the term “Second Act.” Again, I’m amazed with each and every one of your posts. As usual, you have found some very awesome stories. Love this –> “Relish the chance to work your way up again.”

  2. lbstrang says:

    I like the “relish the chance” tip as well. As the old saying goes, it’s important to enjoy the journey –even if it takes you back to the beginning sometimes.

  3. Mike Wilson says:

    For those of us who sport several dreams to do with our lives, this is very encouraging!

  4. lbstrang says:

    It sure is! There’s nothing that says you have to quit after a second act. There can be third and fourth ones as well.

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