Joyce, Turning 70 on May 8
Hello to all the ladies out there who are approaching the decade of their 70’s. I am turning 70 on May 8, 2014…and wondering how that could be possible! :O) I can tell you it looks NOTHING like what I had planned when I was 20, that’s for certain. Coming of age during the era when women’s choices were very limited, I married very early and dedicated my life goal to making my husband successful…. and like many the illusion of that 50’s “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle soon disintegrated leaving me totally unprepared for life as a single woman… a ‘displaced housewife” as we used to be called.
Over the years I have managed to survive on my own, and at 50 something went to college and attained a BA in Psychology and Communication, and went on to complete a MS in Behavioral Communication with a minor in Clinical Psychology. It was not a panacea for success and over the years I have struggled financially to maintain a decent life style going through several different occupations.
I have been teaching at a 2-year college for several years now and have found it to be the best thing in the world! However, as a result of the late start in life, retirement is not an option for me… all those years with not much income has not made Social Security much of an income supplement, even though I have postponed taking it until I turn 70.
I was faced with the dilemma of trying to figure out what the rest of my life would look like as I left my 60’s and entered my 70’s…. So, when I realized retirement was not a option… I decided I needed to look forward and that age was only a number! I enrolled in a Ph.D. program for International Psychology and will be completing that mid-2015 – with plans to establish an International Psychology Consulting Consortium.
Life is actually just beginning for me! I am a late-bloomer, but late-bloomers last longer! I have to chuckle at it all sometimes… I will probably be the only woman in her 70’s that uses her Social Security check to make payments on her student loans! Ironically, and actually a rather sad commentary on the cost of education and the state of many women in this country who are entering their later years with not much in the way of financial security…. I am not rowing this boat alone! I have flown without a “net” the vast majority of my life…. wish me luck! Joyce in Kansas