I have been a professional counselor for more than 20 years. Lately I’ve seen more and more clients presenting with issues related to aging. Some are reinventing themselves as they transition into retirement or are just beginning encore careers. Some are struggling with grief after the death of a spouse. Others are reeling from the shock of an unexpected divorce they didn’t see coming. I see those who are overburdened with the responsibilities of caring for dependent loved ones and the awful guilt they experience when they privately admit their feelings about the situation. I know there are many of us boomers in the same boat.
The media ads would have us believe that the boomer boat resembles a large private yacht where fit, tanned and beautiful people stand with the wind in their abundant manes of hair while looking adoringly at each other as they bask in a Caribbean sunset.
This blog is for those of us who did not climb to the pinnacle, literally or figuratively.
Those of us who did not win marathons—or much of anything else.
Those of us who still have some disappointments and even shame when we look back and some fears when we look forward.
Those of us who worry about running out of money before we run out of time.
Those of us who are caring for parents or spouses and who have nightmares about the time we might become dependent on others.
Those of us who are reinventing ourselves either by choice or necessity.
“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your own path.”
Mike and I once spent 6 months cruising the Gulf coast in our sailboat. It was a wonderful experience but one of the best things about it was the other cruisers we met along the way. It was common practice for people sailing one direction to swap charts with people going the way they had come. We’d spend hours listening to each other’s stories and gathering advice about what to expect along the way. That’s my vision for this blog. I want it to be a place for real people to share knowledge and life experiences. The key word is share. I want to know what you want to talk about so I’m asking for your input.
Tell me the topics that are of the most interest to you. Just 1 or 2 words in the comment section will do but if you’re inclined to write more I won’t mind a bit! I dislike having to register for blogs because my e-mail inbox begins filling up with spam so I’ve made it easy for you by not requiring you to enter your e-mail to leave comments. But if you should decide to register so you’ll get updates I’ll make this pledge: I promise you will never see anything from me in your inbox unless you’ve asked for it. And you won’t be hearing from advertisers, either. This is our blog and I want to be as much a part of the community as anyone else.
So what do you want to talk about? Don’t leave me out on this ledge alone. Let’s hear it!