It’s not your age. It’s your attitude. Isn’t that what they say?
Well, I’ve got plenty of attitude and some days its not the attitude of gratitude I’ve been striving for. Some days I just feel old. And tired. And really tired of working for a living. I’m the last of my peers to still be chained to a desk and while most of the time I am extremely grateful for the job and the paycheck, sometimes I think I’ll never get out of the retirement starting gate. The grass looks greener where my friends are playing, and gardening, and traveling and starting happy hour at 3 o’clock instead of our usual 5:30 meet-up time back in days when we all snuck out of work a little early for attitude adjustment hour. I’ve got short-timer’s disease for sure and the time feels very long indeed.
But here’s the thing. While I am ready to give up the desk jockey job, I am not ready to give up some kind of meaningful work. Whatever work might look like. So, I’ve been trying on all kinds of hats to see what fits and what feels kinda groovy. At least for a while. travel writer – blogger – world explorer – pet and house sitter – walking enthusiast – photographer. So many hats! So little time. And I still don’t know what I want to be when I finally get the chance for my second or third or forth acts.
Some people seem to float from act to act with ease. I admire these folks. And, I love hearing their stories and learning from their adventures.
Meet Barbara Beskind ~
Barbara is somewhere around her 6th Act. She is a role model extraordinaire. Barbara just celebrated her 90th birthday – with her co-workers at IDEO, a Silicon Valley innovation company, where she recently started her latest gig as one of their designers. A job she won when she competed in the firm’s design challenge for products for older adults. Every Thursday Ms. Beskind travels by train from her retirement community in San Mateo, CA to the IDEO offices in San Jose. She’s not an engineer, but she certainly is a real life adviser. Read more of Barbara’s inspiring story on Senior Planet.
Rock-on older ladies, indeed!
So, my dears, here’s the question of the day. What does aging with attitude mean to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.