Individualism is a distinctive quality of boomer women. Whatever image we choose to present to the world, we have secret passions. These are the interests that intrigue us and determine how we relax and unwind. Our hobbies are what we do with “our time”.
For women, there also seems to be a universal desire to express our creativity. We have an insatiable desire to shape order from chaos and to create things that never existed before. Women who have children will understand this. We want to produce magic with paints, wool and glass or create beauty with words and music.
Reducing our exposure to unhealthy chemicals can have a positive impact on our health as we age. One of the ways that many women over 60 are looking to reduce their intake of chemicals and unhealthy food ingredients is by starting to do organic gardening in their own backyards.
My mother was a brilliant knitter. I used to sit in awe watching her fingers fly over colored threads weaving intricate patterns. As she chatted with me while knitting, I would have the honor of helping her roll her balls of wool. It always amazed me that she could do such complicated knitting patterns while watching the television and talking to someone at the same time.
One of the biggest myths about women over 60 is that we live in a “shrinking world” and we’re not interested in learning new things. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I was raised in Canada and grew up reading English and French on my cereal box. Unfortunately, I never learned French in school, so, I missed the opportunity to become truly bilingual during my childhood.
Women raised in the 50‘s and 60‘s have a strong work ethic and value education. In fact, many of us, were the first to go to college in our family – and until recently higher education remained a privilege of the wealthy elite. Now with online education, all that is changing.