Are You... Respected as an expert in your field? Involved in your community? Trusted by friends and neighbors? Excited to be part of a larger movement? Someone who loves to help others?
The following is an excerpt from a series called "Rethinking Aging" from speaker, writer, and aging specialist, Sue Ronnenkamp. Sue recently facilitated our Community Kickoff Event in Westminster and Arvada, CO, and used this as a handout for the attendees.
Have you ever caught up with a friend after years of being apart, but everything falls into place and it’s as though no time had passed between you? Nothing feels better than the love and understanding of an old friend. The nature of our friendships is really interesting because we often prioritize them after our romantic partners, parents and children. We tend to them when we have the time. We have times of year—holidays and celebrations—that bring family together in an organized way. But the time we spend with our friends is completely voluntary.
When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was a family holiday. I remember heading to my grandmother’s house in central Pennsylvania and walking into a room full of aunts, uncles and cousins. Not only was the old farm house brimming with people, it overflowed with farm-fresh dishes loaded with whole milk and butter.
A lesser woman would have thrown in the towel after two broken engagements. As it turns out her stormy courtship with Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson was a prelude for the very public life they have lead since his announcement, two months after their wedding, that he is HIV positive. Cookie Johnson is a woman of substance. And she’s finally telling her story of their 14-year courtship and 25 years of married life in her new book, Believing in Magic.
We’re ending September by sharing some new voices and blogs all focused on skills and inspiration for this stage of life. We are all on different paths – some of us are working, some of us are retired, some of us are trying to figure out how to embrace both!
We’ve spent September simplifying and learning new skills for a life well-lived. As we end the month, we’re introducing you to some new bloggers who can help you build skills and relax into life. These new voices are specially chosen to help us work on and recognize the joys of our stage of life!