Independence Day

I recently read that the average lifespan for American women is 78.   That panics me a bit.  Relatively little time for whatever will get done next.  And getting things done is what I’ve been about my whole life.  Crossing off tasks on things-to-do lists has delighted me for years, but the stress of trying to complete too many tasks has not.  Which is why I’m attracted to, but also wary of the recommendations made by Bill Morton in the May 17 Bellevue Reporter.  He says, “Significant numbers of Boomers…are asking:  How do I want my Second Half of Life to take shape.”  Doesn’t he realize that  Boomers would have to live to about 130 to make retirement years the second half of their lives?

His recommendation is for us to keep learning, specifically through classes, whether at community colleges or universities or sponsored by travel-related organizations.  His suggestion is to  “make a list of subjects you would like to learn about. But don’t stop at 5 or 10.  Give yourself a half-hour of uninterrupted time… and set a target of 50-100 new things you would like to learn.”

It’s a cool, misty day.  We celebrated Independence day on a different schedule than the rest of the country.  I think I’ll wait till tomorrow to work on my to-be-learned list and settle for a nap instead.

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About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.
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