Things I Appreciate in My 7th Decade

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I’m surprised to be here. Not that I thought I’d be dead or anything like that. I’m not sure what I expected from the entry to old age, but certainly not having as much fun as I am.

I didn’t have much modeling — I’ve outlived my parents by twenty years or so. I’m an only child and although I’ve experienced probably as many deaths in my circle as most my age, I’ve been fortunate not to have to deal much with other’s illnesses. At least not recently.

My roughly same aged friends are a lively group. You’re much more likely to find us at the beach, even surfing or boogie boarding, or at whatever protest is currently happening, or involved in civic projects like protecting the vote than at a country club or sitting around playing cards. Most of us are still working because retirement sounds boring. Those who aren’t working might as well be given their regular activities and involvements.

Here’s what I’ve found in the last year or so:

  • I am capable of falling head over heals in love and having a massive crush, much like any teenager.

I had no idea I had so much to look forward to. Which means, I suspect, that if you’re even a bit younger than I am, you also have some marvelous time to anticipate.

Write well and often,

Writer, life and writing coach, book ghostwriter, Grandmother, Buddhist. Liberal who listens to the other side, political

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