I have no skill at writing blogs or poetry, however, I want to express my hope that folks will continue to be or become their own advocate. Becoming older does not have to mean becoming less significant or less heard. As a group of older citizens we are still a force to be reckoned with. My wish for the new year is that we speak up and ask for what we need, no matter what country we live in, no matter our financial situation, no matter our spiritual affiliation.
I was born near the end of the Baby Boomers. I want to say how much I appreciate the men and women who came before me. When Baby Boomers were ready to retire they were not satisfied with sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair. They decided they wanted more. The sheer volume of mature persons ahead of me literally plowed the path for the rest of us now approaching retirement.
We should not be defined by the media's definition of who the "cool kids" are for our generation. Maturity allows me to accept that some need to take steps to look a certain way. However, I also know that judging me for not taking those steps is the problem of the beholder and not mine. Bring on the wrinkles, bring on the freedom to spend my money and to travel where and when I please.
Here is my attempt at poetry:)
The happiest moment of life
should be the pinnacle without strife.
The moment you discover your inner strength
does supercede your decision against
the knowledge you know to be true,
the Center of the Universe is you!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. You are my heros. Thank you for leading the way. Aralia/Seattle, Washington USA.