The world is changing for 60-year-old women. We no longer have the social context that we enjoyed as a wife, parent or co-worker. Building community and creating a network of like-minded friends is a challenge, but not impossible.
A few years ago I had a long term friendship come to an end. Four decades of love, laughter and jokes, gone. I felt as though someone had removed a part of my heart. However, that experience both taught me important life lessons as well as opened many new doors. Here’s what I learned:
How are you using creativity in your daily life? Each of us is continually creating our world. Creativity isn’t something that happens somewhere else; something that only certain people have. Every time you draw a breath, you interact with the whole Universe to make life happen.
Co-living is a new way of looking at independent living in a community. This is a new lifestyle of communal houses created and run by their residents.
Have you moved recently? I’m just getting settled into a newly purchased condominium after renting for the past year.
We all know how important it is to incorporate physical exercise in our lives to help us age well. It’s good for our bodies, of course, but also for our spirits. It raises our sense of well-being, perhaps enhancing our connection to nature and improving our social lives.
As someone who writes for a living, I know well the rewards of having written. But you don’t have to be a professional writer to gain from writing.
I didn’t mean to retire in Switzerland. Instead, retiring abroad was a happy accident. After spending more than four decades in corporate jobs, I found myself out of work for the first time. One of my sons was living in Switzerland and the other had settled in Scotland. In addition, my marriage had ended several years earlier, so, there really wasn’t a strong incentive for me to stay in the U.S.