Traveling the road toward 70

Carol, Age 64

I am 64 years old and recently retired. Since I am traveling the road to 70, I would like to share some miles with you. In the past year, besides retiring after 38 years full-time in retail, my husband and I have built a home in an adult community and my granddaughter has given birth to my second great grandson. I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions. I did not realize this time in my life would have me guestioning who I really am. Everyone wants to know what I’m going to do with all my free time. I really can’t answer this yet because I do not know yet. I do feel myself getting older every day, but I refuse to ever just be old! I plan on traveling this road to 70 with an open mind. I know the road will be bumpy at times, but reading about people that have already arrived will make it much easier for me. Reading these stories puts a smile on my face and has me looking foward to turning 70. I am now enjoying just being in the moment no matter what I am doing. I am grateful that I now have the time to work through my many emotions and now have a place to share them.

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3 Responses to Traveling the road toward 70

  1. Yes, to the 64 year old blogger, it is good to have time to find yourself in your new life. In fact, I think it is necessary to pause before feeling you must DO something. I retired two years ago and moved from NYC to Cape Cod. I had a period of culture shock. I had several interests I now have time to pursue more diligently but I did not rush to make new acquaintances and a place in my new community. It was evolved more quickly than I expected but I still feel I’m taking my time — and I have the time. I love getting up every morning with the knowledge that I can fill the day with my interests. I’m feeling more creative than I have in years. So taking your time seems like exactly the right thing for you to do.

  2. Ione Barcus says:

    I, too, am asked what I do with all this spare time. I taught young children for years….I loved doing that but found it an emptying process. Now I am refilling my cup of life. Instead of racing here and there to beat a clock or traffic, I sit. I listen. I become a part of the landscape. I simply take time for myself. How else can we get to know who we are? Time is on our side….it goes faster as you get older…make it your time.

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