TODAY | September 04, 2013
>>> we are back with life reimagined, today. today contributor jane pauley has been working with aarp which produced a series of reports for us. this morning jane is here. great to see you.
>> hey, willie. he is a social psychologist and one of america's foremost experts on how americans use our free time . for years he studied what other people did until he found the courage to get in the game. here's richard's life reimagined.
>> strike 3, you're out.
>> it's funny because you think about it, it's softball. how can anything be that important?
>> these are the boys of autumn. everyone, 50 to 75 years old. rich luker is not retired.
>> not in the least.
>> but he finds time to play three mornings a week.
>> time is the most important thing in life. i really believe that.
>> why hadn't you done this before? given what you do for a living?
>> he has been called the father of sports research.
>> it's a funny thing. i've done a lot within the sports industry to encourage people to play and i never listen to myself.
>> and maybe me ever outgrew an old imagine of himself.
>> i never thought i could do it other. i'm not a large guy. i'm a skinny guy.
>> but five years ago on a business call he walked by the park.
>> i'm seeing these guys playing and they're my age and i'm pretty sure i hung up without even saying good-bye. every part of my being said i had to do it. i immediately walked up and said how does a person become part of this.
>> he was ready to get in the game, almost.
>> i start running. i'm stretching. my muscles hadn't done this throwing thing in so long. next door neighbor's kid is 10 years old and said do you want to play catch? i said no. i said give me a couple of days and maybe.
>> reporter: finally it was time to play ball .
>> i go back and say i'm ready. he says good, get out in the field.
>> reporter: and these guys are good.
>> first game is three for five with a triple. second game two for three. and the third game i got a double. i rounded second base. was playing shortstop and came over and tapped me on the shoulder and said nice play, kid. it doesn't get any better than that.
>> how did you find the strength to take your life in a new direction?
>> i saw the guys 50 to 75. they had done what i didn't have the courage to do. i'm practicing what i'm preaching and i'm doing it on two fronts. jane, i just had this realization, my whole life and my work has been the ones, twos, the threes. it's the statistics. i found courage because i saw it in somebody else doing it. these people had taken the priority to say this is something i'm going to do. do it very often and do it with a bunch of guys i like. the number of people who are like me is growing expoints higher -- expoints highnetially. you tell a friend and they tell two friends and so on.
>> what advice would you give someone looking to reinvent their lives?
>> the more courageous earlier. it's that thing we don't regret what we've done. we regret what we dinlt do.
>> i want to know how old are you?
>> i'm 60 going on 11 and love it.
>> there's another league in st. petersburg for guys over 75. it's been going for 80 years. so boomers didn't invent this. but they spotted a significant new trend. according to his data, boomers are more interested in sports than they were in their 30s. the reality check, making the time. i hope you'll join me at 9:30 eastern when i'll be taking your questions on twitter. you can find me at janepauley janepauleytoday, #play.
>> pick up a glove and bat and play ball . he