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A dozen years ago, I moved with my husband to Miami. I had done this before, moving to another country because of his job. One more time, we decided, and then we will be ready for retirement.
Who would have known we were going to change our minds? Retirement is really not in our plans yet. That is alright. As long as we feel good about our lives, why change them?
Since starting Sixty and Me several years ago, I’ve asked hundreds of questions to the women in our community. We’ve discussed serious issues like loneliness. We’ve discussed silly topics, like who is the sexiest male celebrity over 60. We’ve argued about whether it is possible to find love after 50. Of all of the questions that I have asked, none has spurred more discussion than the topic of going grey.
When I was eight years old, my family boarded the Queen Elizabeth and we emigrated from England to Canada. It was 1956, so sea travel was not that sophisticated. But for me, it sparked a lifelong passion for travel and exploration.
Shopping is a necessary part of life and, by the time we turn 60, we are pretty good at it. We know what we like, what make us happy and, for the most part, we know where to go to get it!
In fact, this is one of the things I love most about being older. I’ve tried probably 50 mascaras in my life (I’m a real sucker for great packaging and marketing), but now that exactly which one to buy. Ironically, it’s the same one I started with 30 years ago.
A lot of women in their 60s would love to make a little extra money on the side, preferably doing something they love. After decades trying to climb the corporate ladder, many of us are reluctant to start something too serious. At the same time, we would like to earn some “fun money” for travel, gifts and little luxuries. The question is – where should we start?
If you could describe your style in just a couple of words, what would you say? In my case, I’ve always thought of myself as a “cultured bohemian.” Actually, now that I think about it, a surprising number of women in the Sixty and Me community also use the word “bohemian” to describe their style after 60.
For most of our lives, our friendships follow our social context. As kids, our lives are filled with schoolmates, neighbors and teammates. As parents, we follow our kids to BBQs, sports events and school activities. When we are building our careers, our co-workers are a constant source of social contact – even if we wish that they weren’t.
Since starting Sixty and Me, I have come across hundreds of amazing quotes and I have to say that one of my favorites is also one of the simplest. Voltaire once said, “I have chosen to be happy, it’s good for my health.” Every time I post this quote on our Facebook page, I get thousands of likes and comments, so, it seems like this is one of our community’s favorites as well!
Are you a passionate traveller or someone who prefers to stay close to home? All of us dream of seeing far off places, but, even if you don’t have a lot of money, there are plenty of travel options available. Even getting on a local bus can be fun! Some of the most wonderful experiences that I have had have been within 50 miles of my apartment.
More women over 60 are single than ever before, whether that’s due to divorce or widowhood or just never having been married in the first place. As part of this singleton trend, more women over 60 are looking to meet men in their age group – but dating is different after 60 than it was in our younger years. Many single women over 50 are simply asking, “Where are all the older single men?”
Let’s face it: even if we tend to care less about “things” once we reach our 60th birthday, we still get the urge impulse to go shopping once in a while.
Maybe it’s for a new dress or pair of shoes in preparation for a stylish night out on the town. Or maybe it’s treating friends to a fancy dinner so you can all catch up and swap life stories. Or maybe it’s for a day all to yourself relaxing and getting pampered at a spa. The problem is that you want to stay frugal, too, since you have bills to pay and necessities to budget for. And it can be hard to find a business that has a deal going on right now, or at least wait until a shop nearby holds a sale. This is where the organizing and searching power of the Internet comes in handy.
One of the challenges when it comes to combatting loneliness is that everyone’s idea of friendship is slightly different. In addition, each of us has a different level of comfort when it comes to social interaction.