I write the 80-something blog to process my life. I notice more because I am looking for things that I might want to write about. But I also benefit in another way. People that I’ve never met tell me how they feel about what I’ve written.
Two surprising things happened recently. First, I received an email from a woman who had bought a copy of my book for her mother’s 70th birthday. She wondered if she could offer her mother a conversation with the author to make the present more meaningful, and I agreed to talk with her. But before that could happen, the daughter came to Cambridge for work, and she asked if we could meet for coffee. The result—a two-hour conversation with an accomplished and charming young lawyer from Brooklyn. And a new friend.
Even more unexpected was an entry from a man’s blog in which he wrote about how much he enjoys reading 80-something, despite our differences. He wrote about how I sit in on lectures at Harvard, while he walks his four dogs in Nevada. He said that he is younger than I and he suspects that we don’t share political views. But he added, we have some things in common. We both love our long-time spouses, and we both have occasional aches and pains.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all focus on what we share with each other rather than what we don’t?
See Aging*Monday*Wednesday*Friday Blog. https://www.changecompanies.net/blog/aging-mwf/the-tale-of-two-bloggers/