“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, philosopher
Who Says Life Begins at 40? . . ’LIFE ROCKS’ . . at any age. Our 50s, 60s and even 70s, 80s and beyond can be the beginning of a time of joy and fulfillment too.
Along with the second half of our lives come new opportunities for accomplishing extraordinary goals that are no longer reserved for the young. I believe that traditional views of growing older have changed from the idea that the best years have passed to the notion that they are yet to come.
At a young age, I lived the ‘American Dream’ – marriage, children, and a home in the suburbs of Long Island with all the trimmings including car pools, hockey & football mom, dancing school competitions, Girl Scout leader, class mother, bowling leagues, and ladies night once a week. Little did I know that the first half of my life was but a prelude to accomplishments, some very small and some larger, that back in the day would have been mere dreams left undone. So, after the age of 50 I went to college, traveled by plane for the first time, actively campaigned for my local representative in Congress, attended political rallies waving signs and American flags, and created my own website. Now, I am writing an autobiography, a legacy for my children. Happiness to me is like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes the pieces fit perfectly and sometimes they are hard to link together. Each of us knows what it takes to complete our own puzzle. Through this blog, I want to be a cheer leader and an inspiration for folks who are in the midst of completing their puzzle, no matter their age, and for those who surround and support them. As I browse the internet, I find endless sites that give seniors advice on finances, health and fitness, but not many that attempt to grow our hearts and minds by offering the encouragement to defy society’s preconditioned image of what constitutes a senior citizen. We are the largest group of Americans in the country today, and while we may see seniors active in politics or the entertainment world, for example, the majority of us tend to take on the typical roles pre-set for us. When I was in college, I learned that young and old alike have something to contribute and can learn from each other. Open minds, respect, patience and an integrated society will result in the benefits of our life experiences being passed on instead of merely becoming memories we reminisce upon when talking among ourselves in a setting of our peers. Who does that benefit? But, that’s just me. So, to this end, “Life Rocks” contains random posts on everything from our dreams to new goals, accomplishments, challenges, victories, innermost feelings and contributions. The second contains drafts of pages as I construct my work in progress, ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’. Written in short essay format, it begins the day I was born and will continue decade through decade to the present day. In a nutshell, that’s what this blog is about and that’s how I roll in the second half of my life.
Now you know my story. Will you share yours?