By June McCullough
There’s a lot to be said about aging. That’s probably because we’ve lived long enough to have experiences worth talking about. Also, at our age we’ve had a lot of time to think of something to say.
Of course, there are pros and cons to aging – the joints that take a little longer to limber up in the morning, the slow loss of memory, the...what was I saying? Oh yes, the pros and cons of aging. I tend not to dwell on the negative and I’ve learned to appreciate the positives.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot. Let me share, if you will, 20 advantages of aging that I have come to appreciate.
- I know my secrets are safe with my friends because by the time they get home they won’t remember what I said anyway.
- The only thing worth sweating about is exercise. All my worrying about tomorrow didn’t help. It only made me miss the pleasures of today.
- People assume I know what I’m talking about.
- A small bump in the road of life doesn’t mean the trip is over; it just means that I need to pay attention.
- I think I’ve finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
- A bad decision isn’t my last decision, so just deal with it and move on.
- I don’t care what people say about me. Give them a minute and they’ll have someone else to talk about.
- I spent as much quality time with my children as I could, but sometimes life got in the way of that. I had a job, the housework, the bills, the... Now when my grandchildren come over to visit, all we have is quality time.
- I’m calmer.
- I’ve learned to judge people by their actions, not by gossip.
- I’m more confident.
- When the grandchildren tell me something that happened in history, chances are I remember it happening.
- My stereo stand isn’t a piece of plywood on a couple blocks of cement.
- I know I have something to contribute.
- I’ve learned how to delegate. It took me a long time to realize that everything didn’t have to weigh on my shoulders.
- I have made mistakes along the way, but then who hasn’t?
- I did the best I could. That’s all you can ask of anyone.
- People don’t expect me to wear the latest in fashion.
- Nobody expects me to lift anything heavy anymore.
- People are living a lot longer than they were 100 years ago. So, really, I’m not old. I’m the new middle aged.
Here’s hoping I learn as much in the second half of my life as I did in the first.
June McCullough is the published author of two novels, On the Other Hand and Home to Stay. Although a fiction novel, Nina, the main character in On the Other Hand, is a composite of several people in June’s life. It is the inspirational story of a woman’s journey after her husband dies suddenly from a stroke. It was a story that June felt compelled to write.
After reading that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and that someone in Canada dies every 7 minutes from heart disease or stroke – and these numbers are only increasing as the baby boomers age – June is donating 20% of her profits from On the Other Hand book sales to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Whether you are buying it for yourself or as a gift for someone else, what a great way to help a wonderful organization at the same time!
Home to Stay, published in 2012, is a contemporary romance that was actually written in the 70’s. With her first novel so well received she dusted off an old manuscript to prepare for publication. Her advice? Do not try this! She quickly realized how much technology had changed during that time, and how differently she thought about life in the 35 years between writing the story and publishing it. She was too far into the editing process to turn back, when it became clear that it would have been easier to just rewrite it.
Still working 3 days a week outside the home, she spends the rest of her days as a guest blogger, being interviewed, and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. After 14 book signings in 8 months, she wasn’t getting enough time to work on her third novel and, for now, isn’t scheduling any more.
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