Jemma's blog focuses on the passion that we have in our lives. It's true I've had several things in my life that I have been passionate about but with the passage of time, things change. Our main purpose swims with the ebb tide of our lives.
I was passionate about being a good wife. I started out young and I gave it all I had. I'd say that we did alright... 60 wonderful years together.
Our 60th wedding anniversary.
I was very passionate about raising a loving family. Although I made many mistakes, I did the best I could and I am so proud of my children and their off-spring.
Then, there came a time when my focus was centered on caring for the man I loved. He had Alzheimers. A lot of you know about that struggle, the ups and downs, the final outcome and the grief that followed.
This brings me to my 80th birthday (2014). Although I still missed my husband greatly, I had reached a new phase of my life, one of being alone, of accepting it and being comfortable with that. So, on my birthday I made up my mind that the next decade (and probably my last good decade) was going to be filled to the brim with everything wonderful and exciting that I could find to do. We don't get a second chance in life so I was not going out of this world with any regrets, not if I could help it.
Last year I got sort of caught up with a move, some adjustments to make and in the process lost my passion for this new phase. And, then, just the other day, there it was again.
So.... and there always is a SO.... I have decided to share my passion of growing old gracefully with all my blogging friends. I know that some of you are nearing my age, some not as close as others, and then there are you young whippersnappers who have never known life except as it is today.
Life is at such a fast pace. You might say I am of the 'old school' where families gathered around the dinner table, where youngsters respected their elders, where small gestures of kindness were truly heart felt and manners were taught at home and in school.
When I am visiting other blogs I tend to skim over the posts that run on and on with words and I don't think I am alone. I get it that we all have a
So, I have tried to keep my blog posts short on words, long on pictures. But, bear with me. The posts which I plan on sharing ever so often will be wordy. I am just warning you in advance. I will try to keep them entertaining and as short as possible.
I'd love feedback from you all. But, I feel like I need to do this. I certainly hope you will gain something from it but it is mainly for me. I need to know that I am on the right track for GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY.
I hope you will check out Jemma's blog. The link is at the beginning of this post. You'll like it, I am sure.