By the time we reach our 60s, we all have our share of battle scars. Some women have gone through a divorce. Others have children who have grown up and moved to another city, or even country. A significant number have lost a spouse or gone through a serious illness. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that many of us see life after 60 as a time for personal reflection, renewal or even reinvention.
I recently wrote an article on how to be fearless in your 60s. To start, I listed some of the most common fears of women over 60. Then, I asked the women in our community to join the discussion. I was completely overwhelmed by everyone’s responses.
Over the years, the concept of “retirement” has changed significantly. Our grandparents could expect to live a decade or so after reaching retirement age. Now, with life expectancy at age 65 almost double what it was when the Social Security Administration was founded in 1935, life after retirement is changing.
Not so long ago, life after 60 was supposed to be a time of “aging gracefully.” After years of productive work, both inside and outside of the office, women were expected to retire to a life of quiet contemplation.
Well, judging by my conversations with the other women in the Sixty and Me community, this really isn’t our generation’s style!
Most of the time, I think I’m a fairly focused person. Well, that was until I saw this video of an adorable cat with concentration that could bend steel! Talk about keeping his eye on the prize!
All of us moms are all too familiar with the expression, “waking up on the wrong side of the bed.” When are children are young, it seems like this is a common occurrence as we bribe, threaten and otherwise manipulate our kids to get out of bed and get ready for school. When your kids wake up in a bad mood, everyone suffers. The same goes for adults by the way!
For me, simplicity is a verb. It is about taking action to create a lifestyle that is essential, honest and authentic. It is not about saying “no” to possessions. It is about saying “yes” to the things in life that really matter.
I have to be honest. I thought that my 7-year-old granddaughter was amazing at Jenga… until I saw what this cat can do! Check out this short video and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
I’ve always thought that children have a lot to teach older adults about how to get the most from life. From their openness to making friends to their ability to see the miraculous in the mundane, kids offer a unique perspective on the world.