Thought for the Fortnight
Brava! I am totally with you. When I retired at 62 I felt like life was just beginning...and it was!
I agree. Growing older and even BEING old is wonderful. I am 86. To most people I am ancient. But not to me. I still love life. I am still making plans (and I know that’s what makes God laugh). I thank God and my angels every day… for my day! It could be my last.
I agree with and like much of what you have said. I think my wife and I have generally been happier since we both retired. Life is usually more relaxed, and one is no longer a prisoner of timetables. But among the things making this possible is a reasonable income, which too many people sadly lack.
Ann I so admire your positivity. I'm glad you enjoy being older. I'm not sure I do. I miss my young body but it's futile wishing I was younger. What I do feel now I'm in my sixties is a greater sense of urgency about completing creative projects and making the most of my time. Of course the clock's always been ticking but now I hear it.
Your temporary companion sounds like a very unhappy woman. We seniors are all over the charts as regards whether we are happy or miserable about being old. My attitude is usually like yours, but occasionally I regret something I didn't do, or something I can no longer do, and that's natural at 85.
A heartening piece of excellent writing
. Thanks for the encouragement
You're right that we are much more free, but the woman who made the statement was still working and did not seem poor (from other things she said). I think she just felt that nothing interesting was going to happen to her from now on.
Ann, thank you for this blog post! I will be 62 on Sunday and I believe that there is so much more ahead of me to explore! Despite what is going on in the world, I feel optimistic about my future and the the future of my children! I am coaching women over forty and have rediscovered my passion for sewing! My projects may not come out perfectly but I am having fun and notice that I am a lot more patient with myself than when I was younger! I can't wait to see what happens next! I would love to freature this article as a guest blog on my website! Thank you!
Loved this, Ann! I clicked on to your profile from a comment on substack's writers office hours, and really enjoyed this article. I am approaching 30, and am thinking a lot about aging and what the next chapter of my life looks like. It's great to hear this perspective.