Twenty years ago, Peter and I went to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico for a week of healthy eating, challenging exercise and new friends. A moderately priced spa, the “ranch” offered a discount to guests who would teach something.
I proposed a program called “Leaving the Fifties”. Having left my fifties, I considered myself an “authority”. I also planned to publish something on that subject and had conducted an informal (my friends and their friends) survey of women in that age cohort.
Since I expected some younger attendees, I had some advice for those entering their fifties also. If I were giving that advice today for people turning eighty, it wouldn’t change much.
Accept the person you are.
Feel your unique identity.
Nourish your emotional self.
Have multi-generational friends.
Remember that "if you do what you want, at least one person will be happy".
*Many thanks to everyone for their good wishes for Peter's recovery!