Saturday, September 22

Turning 60 - Part 2

Part 2

If you are interested in reading Part 1, you can read it here.

16. It’s so important to take time for yourself. When the kids were growing up this was so difficult. By the time the daily routine was complete, all I felt like doing was getting a shower and going to bed. After years of daily routines, I still feel a little guilty to sit down and read, or spend time on the computer. I feel I should be doing something more productive. But, I really know if reading a good book or blog surfing is making me happy, why not!!!

17. The world will not come to an end if the bed is not made every day.

18. It is not necessary to iron every week. In 1979, when my Mom was diagnosed with Cancer, I was unable to keep up with ironing. For 7 months I would drop the kids off to school, drive 35 miles to Mom's house, take her to radiation treatment, prepare dinner for her and Daddy, go pick the kids up from school and take them to after school activities and start all over again. During this time I would only iron those items that were 100% cotton…..not the sheets and pillow cases, handkerchiefs, jeans, t-shirts. Were you one of those that ironed everything? From then on, I would hang everything up and iron on an as needed basis. I continue that practice today.

19. You can’t depend on anyone to make you happy. Happiness comes from within.

20. Money can’t buy happiness. Sure it makes life easier, but it won’t make you happy.

21. It’s ok to splurge on an unnecessary item as long as you can afford it. Recently my son, who is 37 was telling me he was thinking of buying a new boat. He already has two and has been having problem after problem with one of them. He said he would like to have a new one now because he is getting older and later he may not be able to spend as much time boating as he is now. My advice was go for it. Live for today.

My niece called a couple months ago and said she normally would talk this over with her Dad, but as you know, my brother died last year. She told me about a house she wanted to buy. It is probably 4000 sq. ft. Her children have left home and its only her. Again, I told her if this is what you want and you can afford it, go for it.

Nothing is worse than looking back and asking yourself why didn’t I go ahead and do or buy that.

22. It’s fun to walk in the grass after a rain, or

23. Just walk in the rain without an umbrella and let the rain hit your face, and don't worry what the neighbors are thinking.

24. The best things in life are free. Sure, we’ve heard this over and over and it is really true. You can’t put a price tag on the smile of your children and grandchildren, your love of family and God, a spring rain, a beautiful sunset, remembering funny stories. This is really an endless list.

25. Get up and move everyday. We would never let our car sit in the garage for weeks without going out and starting it and letting it run for awhile. It’s the same way with our body. I feel so much better when I’m out moving. It’s true….move it or lose it.

26. It’s also important to keep your mind moving. I guess that’s why I enjoy Sudoku, quip grams, and puzzles so much. I do these every morning to jump start the ole brain. I think my early posts show when I haven’t done my brain teasers.

27. It’s far more productive to laugh more and worry less. So many things I have spent hours worrying about have turned out to nothing at all. And, let go of the past mistakes. That is the past and we can’t change it, so live for the moment…not in the past. be continued


Susie said...

Great advice and not just for those in our age group!
Congratulations also on the news you're having a granddaughter :) said...

This is really Good!! I loved reading it all!! You have some really good ideas of how to live and enjoy life as you are right in the middle of it! Does that make sense! Love and Hugs, Carolyn

Theresa said...

...and the great list continues,
my personal favorites-keep moving, it is sometimes so easy to be sluggish and let a day pass by,
and the other If you really really want something you should buy it if you can afford it.

Suzy said...

I read "turning 60" part 1 and 2,and there's a lot of wisdom there!
I'll be turning the big `60` next july and it's not a good feelin' that you've already lived 2/3's of your life and still have so much to see and do.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

I don't think the day will EVER COME when I can just go sit down during the day and read a book and not feel guilty!! I want too but it just does not feel right some how!! I really relate to your list wholly!! I hope you think that just since you will be turning 60 that a whole new way of life will be opening up to you..I am here to tell you that it is not going to be!! I am the same as I was at 40!! REALLY!! REMEMBER this is only a number!! just a number!!

Hootin'Anni said...

I especially like the one about happiness is found from within. I honestly can say that advice I've given to people who ask why I continue to be more happy all the time...they ask what my secret is, and I say happiness is found inside yourself, not by what you own or what you think you need.

Renee's Ramblings said...

Hi Linda, This spoke to me so much and it is chock full of great advice. Thank you!

Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, you rock girlfriend. Loved part one and two, can hardly wait for part 3. Life experience is a great teacher especially if you apply it. Preach it sistah and I'll bring the soapbox! Sending you hugs!

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