Ever since I turned 60 a decade ago, I have been trying to work out how to do old well. I am conscious that, if life is a three-act play, this is the final act. And I want it to be a good one!
Well, I’m still trying to work it out. I look back over my 60s and think that I wasn’t really old then. They were the ‘tween years. Now, at 70, I’m moving into being seriously old … well, that’s what my bones tell me as they creak loudly when I get out of bed in the morning.
But I still want to skip rather than shuffle. Some responsibilities and passions have faded away, but others seem more important than ever. I may need a power nap to achieve what I want to do in a day but, hey, I still want to be doing. And yet … and yet I also want to just be. To be available—to be on call for my children and grandchildren, to linger at day’s end on the beach with my bloke, to savour the beauty of my surroundings, to spend time with my sisters and friends.
And I want to share my experiences and thoughts—to write about the challenges and pleasures of life in the 70s and my attempts to be bold not just old.
No—better than just well—we want to do old with style and panache. We want to live with authenticity and integrity and have a fabulous time doing it! We promise to fess up and tell you how we are faring as well as share insights and ideas about being bold instead of just old.