Have you ever considered writing an autobiography? If so, perhaps now is the perfect time to tell your own fascinating life story – even if only for your own enjoyment.
In a previous article we wrote about the value of women over 60 making the decision to reflect on their life experiences. We discussed how writing down your life story and memories can be one of the best ways to understand yourself and put the places and people who shaped your life in perspective.
If I told you that I could offer you a free way to look more beautiful, be happier and feel healthier, would you be interested? No, I’m not selling an anti-aging pill. I am, of course, talking about the power of your smile to make you look and feel better.
“Mom & Me & Mom” is the story of Maya Angelou’s personal relationship with her mother. Many women have special relationships with their mothers. But, with someone as famous as Maya Angelou, it is interesting to see how that relationship shaped her life and her writing.
The story is also relevant to the Sixty and Me community. Many women have lost their moms and are working through complex emotions, just like Angelou’s did.
Choosing a 60th birthday gift for a special woman in your life is tough. After all, older women often say, “Please don’t buy me a gift. I don’t need any more stuff!” The truth is that everyone, especially women over 60, secretly love to receive thoughtful surprises and gifts. The key word is “thoughtful.”
Women over 60 have lived through six amazing decades. Throughout our lives, with a curious and adventurous nature, we have challenged the status quo and celebrated our independence and freedom. Many of us have had to build enormous emotional reserves to manage and survive difficult times.
We all have small rituals that give meaning to our lives. We do things in a certain order and follow set patterns of behaviour. If you get up, shower, eat breakfast and brush your teeth in the same order every day; that is a ritual. If you light a candle when you meditate or pray, you are engaging in ritual behaviour.
The fact that “Le Week-End” received mixed reviews amplifies the theme of the movie. Women tend to describe it as the poignant love story of a struggling married couple Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan). Male reviewers think Meg is too dominant and determined to selfishly have things all her own way. It is one of those movies that can be seen through two lenses… and maybe that’s the point.
“Water for Elephants” is a book about memories, aging, and nostalgia. It is also a story of loyalty and love. Jacob Jankowski is in his 90’s and the movie starts with him looking back on his days with the circus. The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth was his life.
His story spans a lifetime. He starts with memories of losing his parents the Depression and learning how to survive on his own. He has to give up his studies as a veterinarian and hope to find an opportunity that will keep him sane and safe. By chance he finds himself drawn into the world of the circus.
In my recent interview with Dr. John Medina, we discussed the power of nostalgia to improve brain function. Since women over 60 care deeply about keeping their brains healthy as they age, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and explore the six decades that have shaped women who are just now reaching retirement. As you read, I encourage you to take a pause after each section and try to visualize what your life was like. What are your strongest memories of each time period?