For many women, music played a big role in our young lives. It was a defining cultural force and every decade brought unique bands – from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and all those wonderful British bands in the 1960s to the divine divas like Whitney Houston and Donna Summer in the Disco “80s”.
By the time we reach our 60s, most of us have regrets. This is a natural part of life. Some of us regret the way that a certain relationship ended. Others wish that we had stayed in closer contact with our friends or family. Still others wonder whether we should have taken a different path in our career.
Ok, so, it turns out that a career doesn’t actually last a lifetime. In fact, the experts say that the average American can expect to have up to 11 jobs.
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.
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.
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?
Everyone is naturally curious about their family history. But, what exactly does it take to make a family tree? Some of us are able to trace our ancestors directly, through our own family records. Others are not quite so lucky. The good news is that there are plenty of new websites that can help you to make a family tree. Let’s examine a few of the best.
We all have amazing life stories to tell. In this latest episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I talk with Ben Gran, a successful freelance writer, about the process and importance of learning how to write a memoir.
Do you love your name? Or, do you sometimes wonder what your parents were thinking when they decided what to call you? While naming our children seems like a personal decision, we probably don’t realize how much we are influenced by outside trends. In fact, looking at the data, it’s fascinating to see how the most popular names vary from decade to decade.
As young women, many of us kept a journal, documenting our lives, relationships, travels, holiday adventures, family stories and milestones. All the secrets and details of our exciting life stories seemed so significant and worthy of detailed description and analysis. Anais Nin was our writing mentor and we knew that one day someone would get great pleasure from reading our sparking literary jewels. Then technology appeared and we started storing pictures, letters and memories online. Now in our 60‘s, many of us feel the need to start organizing our life stories into a shape that family, friends (and even ourselves) will enjoy. If you think it’s time to record your fascinating and wonderful life, you may be looking for some ideas on where to start.
Here is a roadmap for writing an autobiography: