Well, I did it, I turned 60 last Wednesday. And yes, I feel peaceful about this slightly scary event! I admire and have many friends and relatives who are 60 and older, and most don’t look like the traditional perception of “60.” Whether it is their smooth but slightly weathered skin, graying hair, still-active lifestyle or young-at-heart attitude, 60 as a chronological age is not our grandmothers’ 60.
My grandmother died at age 64 of uterine cancer. She was young-looking as well; at least as young one can look in those fabulous 1960s-style clothes women that age wore back in the 1970s.
This week’s Sunday Stills theme is PEACE.
Whatever we believe about age, I am happy to be any age. After all, what is the alternative? We spent a lovely Thanksgiving week in Spokane, Washington with my husband’s family. They threw us another birthday celebration. You can see the amazing festive table in the above image.
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I am active and strive to live a leisure lifestyle. Yes, I still work part-time as adjunct faculty, but after 35 years of working at my day job, teaching university students what I’ve learned is NOT work. In fact, just walking around campus brings me peace. There is something about walking amongst the students and feeling their energy that brings me peace that feeds my own energy if that is possible. I guess it is the peace about being satisfied with my life as an educator.
I restarted my blog in September 2014, a few months before I retired. That alone makes my jaw drop to think I have been “retired” for five years. Talk about feeling peace! It is lovely to not spend my days dealing with stress.
Through blogging, I have met countless men and women who are writers, self-published authors, photographers, fitness experts, and artists. All inspiring folks whom I respect and admire. Photographers challenge me to grow and stretch my skills with the lens; writers and authors churn out amazing books, which pushes me to take stock of my own writing skills. I follow many bloggers who share their experiences in leisure, fitness, health, and travel, and I am continually inspired by their expertise and stories.
As I peacefully reflect on my good fortune to know you all, I wholeheartedly look forward to embracing a new decade in my sixth decade.
Tell me, what brings you peace? Share your ideas in an original image, poem, music, short story and more!
Special shout out to Hugh Roberts for his post on how to center image captions! You can see it works!
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