So very many of "that" generation, my parent's generation, are gone now. And as each one slips away we all edge up a little bit on the ladder. I'm really not sure how I feel about being "old." I used to jokingly say I was on the edge of old. Now, instead of just dipping my toes in the water, I think perhaps I'm wading in the shallow end. I actually don't feel old, however I sense that I am perceived as old. It's mirrored back to me in the eyes of the carry-out boy at the grocery store, and in the extra effort made to hold doors open for me... and then there's all the "ma'am" references.
As in all phases of life there is no instruction manual other than the observations we have made of those who have travelled this road before us. So I have compiled my own manual...
*stay abreast of current affairs to give me a better understanding of the world around me
*work to understand and use new technology in order to stay relevant
*find new interests and learn new skills so that my days will be full and interesting
*be open to new experiences and friendships for there's no telling what might await
*treasure old friends with whom I share a common history as those connections are precious
*exercise my brain with games and puzzles using the many apps available on my iPad
*spend time with children as their curiosity and enthusiasm is contagious
I don't know where you are on your journey. If you are still young, watch and learn from the older women in your life that you admire. And if, like me, you are entering or are in your older, mature years keep in mind that they're watching!.
Until next time...