second spring in one's life

danielxu85

Senior Member
Mandarin Chinese
#1
It makes sense in my native language to say "second spring in life". Does it do so in English? Does it mean to "have a second peak time in one's life"?

She belives that while retirement is certainly a time for career women to step out and do what they've always wanted to do, housewives should also take the opportunity to make the most of their second spring in life.
 
  • emma42

    Senior Member
    British English
    #6
    I don't think I have heard this, but it would be perfectly acceptable. I have heard "in the autumn of her years", "in the winter of her life" etc.

    It means "second youth", in terms of life becoming fresh and happy and hopeful again.

    From what you have written, daniel, I think you understand it well.
     

    AngelEyes

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    #7
    She could be "going through her second childhood."


    In a positive sense, it's when a person who is perhaps retired, starts enjoying life again like an excited child would.




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    emma42

    Senior Member
    British English
    #8
    "Going through a second childhood" can have connotations of dementia, loss of control or lack of responsibility, though, as well as a resurgence of more positive youthful traits.
     

    AngelEyes

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    #9
    That's true, Emma. That's why I specifically stated that I was speaking about the phrase in a "positive sense" only.

    You hear it spoken in this way a lot when affectionately talking about senior citizens.



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