A Little Something to Ponder…
Hello Boomers—my first thought on this late October date is where, oh where, has the time gone. As we’re approaching a very uncertain Holiday Season due to the coronavirus, I have to harken back to early 2020 when we first learned about this pandemic. And now, it’s almost 10 months later, and with all the noise out there, it’s fatiguing us greatly.
Since that time, your BoomerGal and her BoomerGuy celebrated recent birthdays. Living in southern California has its benefits in that we were able to enjoy both days outdoors with fine foods and spirits. But it got me to thinking about where the time has gone and about age. First, it hit me like a ton of bricks—I’m 69! My last night before the fateful day I felt old and found myself saying goodbye to 68, something I have never done before. The next morning I awoke to my smiling BoomerGuy standing there with a steaming cup of hot coffee and a plethora of very personal gifts with much thought put into each one. And since I know all the hidey-holes I wondered where did he hide them all. And then it hit me, WOW, what the heck, there’s someone who loves me unconditionally, so be proud of your age and strive to make more of life, and do your best, and GIVE IT YOUR ALL.
While we’ve all had some very icky times during our life, we’ve also had some wonderful times, and for those we should be truly grateful. I am sending a WONDERFUL article that my BoomerGuy received from a buddy in San Diego. I thought it did a terrific job of explaining how it is getting older and what we can do to soften the blow.
Sit back and enjoy the reading.
“I asked one of my friends who has crossed 70 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following very interesting lines, which I would like to share with you, and by the way, this is appropriate for all BoomerGals also ….
#1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.
#2 I just realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
#3 I now stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
#4 I pay my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than me.
#5 I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. If the story helps them walk down the memory lane & relive the past, then that’s a good thing.
#6 I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
#7 I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, NEVER, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You”
#8 I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
#9 I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
#10 I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
#11 I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human and who I am.
#12 I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships I will never be alone.
#13 I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.
#14 I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!”
I decided to send this to all my friends, then decided to share it with you in this blog. After all, even though I don’t know you personally, I still consider you my friends, as well. So the message, we don’t need to turn 70 or 80, why can’t we practice this at any age…and be grateful for the wisdom of the years. Please share this with young and seasoned alike.
I always make a practice of crediting the authors and the research work for which I quote. Unfortunately, I have no idea to whom I should credit this piece of work, but I can say thank you for your insightful contribution.
I am your #1 BoomerGal wishing you a Happy Halloween and a graceful step into the month of November.