So glad I found you!

Jan,  Age 71

I am 71. I work full time at a challenging job. I exercise a lot. I have a loving family and friends of all ages. My life is good….but I feel isolated.

I don’t have a peer group. I see very few women my age who are still working full time. I live in the suburbs of a small Massachusetts city, and I don’t see any working women my age. I am one of the oldest people in my company. I worry they are going to decide I’m simply too old and try to put me out to pasture. Who would hire someone my age?

I would love to have a working buddy my age to share the challenges and silly things that go along with this age. I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but that didn’t stop me from trying to plug my computer in the Wii instead of the modem. Share that story with younger people and they think you are ready to be put out to pasture.

Or, how can I explain to a 40 year old that my brain just froze in the middle of trying to pronounce a difficult word and that it needs to be rebooted? They surely will think that’s a sign of dementia instead of a normal part of a multi-tasking life.

Stumbling over this group and finding your book has been a blessing. Thank you all for being there and for sharing your journeys.

Jan

 

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2 Responses to So glad I found you!

  1. Patty says:

    Hi – I am going to be 71 in February and that seems much older than 70…silly but it does.
    I too work full-time and it is difficult to keep up with the energetic and tech savvy coworkers. But I almost do.
    I wish I knew 20 years ago how much technology meant, but I could get through my job and that was good enough.
    Most women at 71 are not working; most are flooded with grandchildren and children which I have, but due to their location and a bad back it is hard to see them
    I find myself so tired sometimes that even though I want friends I don’t know if I’d be able to see them. There are so many clubs and meet ups and places I would love to go after work, but if it’s after 6 o’clock I’m not up to it. I get up at 5:30 am and we drive 15 minutes with our dogs to the dog park…back around 6:45 AM we are home. We love them like children.
    Yes I have books to read, work to do, puzzles I want to complete, gardening I keep up with.
    It seems a lot at 70…it seemed like nothing at 50. I guess if I truly wanted a peer group I really would work at it to find it, but with myself I’m just too tired
    The world is a different place, it just keeps spinning and not with the greatest of things to give you energy or to want to be involved. So I close this note by saying keep going after what you want, that’s the only way you can get it.
    Thank you for writing,
    Patricia

  2. Regina Hayes says:

    Jan,
    I am 73 and I would love to be your buddy. I am currently retired but I have been there and know the challenges you face. Heck you sometimes just need a sounding board. I am regina hayes, and email address is ginamae9922@att.net

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