I grew up near a rural town that had everything we needed: a grocery, the pharmacy and a hardware store. The main drag was lined with a bank and post office, a florist and the barber, our doctor and insurance agent. We even had a bowling alley that served a mean catfish dinner on Friday nights.
At our age, we think we should have what we want. I got a new car. I wanted leather seats, but I didn’t get them (more on that below).
We all know the trick to life is wanting what you have. It’s been quite a lesson to figure out what are the things I need, versus what I think I need. How do you stay in that zone of being happy with what you have?
A group of older women are talking. One, age 64, suggests she is beginning to feel old. Her friend, age 68, says, “No, not me – I’m not old, I’m even working part-time.” Their friend, age 75, says, “No, me neither. I feel full of energy.” What is going on? If they aren’t old, who is?
Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain? Until recently, their names symbolized fashion and food. That changed in early June when these two luminaries committed suicide.
As we get a little older, we start to realize that we have fewer years ahead of us than behind. In many ways, this new perspective helps us see life in a different, more meaningful, way.
In our “always on” world, we often fail to take the time to reflect on ourselves. We are busy engaging in external activities that shape a definition of who we are – to other people. I have spoken with hundreds of women in the Sixty and Me community and many women say, “I work as a teacher.” “I give as a mother.” “I share as grandmother. “I give as volunteer.”
We are women who want to lead happy and productive lives. That includes being positive, strong and powerful. We all know knowledge is power. Yet it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep up in today’s fast-moving world.
When Louis Armstrong sang, “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you,” he probably didn’t expect that scientists would one day back up his claim. Well, according to several new studies, Armstrong’s was right on the money – and this has big implications for people who want to make friends as an adult.
Do you ever yearn to go back to the good old days when your kids were small, and you were busy, busy, busy helping them grow and enrich their lives? Unfortunately, that is not an option. Time, and children, march on.