Kathi, Almost 70
I turn 70 in about 10 days and am probably happier now than I have been for a long time. I never thought I’d be in the position I am in at this point in my life, but it’s not something I can’t cope with. I have been divorced twice and am now living in a senior apartment with rental assistance, as I have a low income. I went to work about eight months ago in a four year program for low income seniors. It is great, as it gives me a little extra money to spend, and gives my life more purpose.
I live in the Midwest where I have lived most of my life. After graduating from high school, I went right to work and soon after got married. My husband and I moved out of state for about half a year, returning to raise a family. My second marriage took me out of state for six years, but I’m happy to be back to my roots and my family.
I know I have made some bad choices in my life, but looking back, I don’t think I would change anything. Along with the bad was good and I try to remember those times. I am thankful for so many wonderful experiences I have had in my life. I don’t have many regrets as all the times, good and bad, helped to make me who I am today. It is hard for me to imagine that I am the age I am, as I feel much younger and am told I look younger. I, by no means, feel like I’m nearing the end of my life. There are places I want to go and things I want to do. My health is good, so there is no reason why I shouldn’t go out and stimulate my mind and meet new people. Maybe something will change in my life that will give me the opportunity to travel, as that is really the only thing I would still like to do.
My mother always talked about the ‘power of positive thinking’ and I’m glad she instilled that in me, as it has helped me over the years. I dreaded turning forty and laugh about that now. I don’t dread turning 70, I’m enjoying it!