The desert spreads out below me as I pick my way on the rocky trail. Yesterday’s deep purple of Chinese lantern flowers lining the path has changed to soft lavender phacelia and bright orange mallow.
Life at the speed of two miles an hour lets me retrieve the names of plants buried in the recesses of my brain since last summer’s hikes.
This year Women’s History Month is honoring women who are trailblazers in labor and business.
Those chosen are women who have worked hard to improve women’s lives in the workplace and who have fought for equality and fairness for women in poverty and under-served workers.
What things matter to you in your community? Do you care how many shopping malls are nearby? Do you care if nightlife is around the corner to spice up your evenings? Do you care if enough bank offices populate the downtown area?
When we’re past 60 and in the third phase of our life, there is a tendency to seek the familiar, to seek comfort and live out our days with measured excitement.
Organized travel tours, cruise ships to explore new places, temperature controlled homes to keep our bodies comfortable, gym memberships to stay healthy and fit.
The end of the year is a time when people look back and make plans for the next one. Did you know that as you read this, you’re already always living in the past, never in the now?
“But you will cease to feel isolated when you recognize, for example, that you do not have a sensation of the sky: you are that sensation. For all purposes of feeling, your sensation of the sky is the sky, and there is no ‘you’ apart from what you sense, feel, and know.” – Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
Not everyone has the same fitness level, nor the same fitness goals.
I have never considered myself an athlete. In a particular low time in my life when I was 58, I started Masters Rowing which led to a level of fitness I had never even dreamed of.
Women over 60 may remember our younger days when we fought for the acknowledgement of women as equals. When we wanted to be “seen” for who we really were.