First, pour your cup of tea and get comfortable. And here goes:
I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and have reached the age of 64. I’m totally surprised to be this age and actually am doing more now than I did in my 30’s and 40’s. Not physically more, but mentally and more diversely more.
I have many things that I like to do and different career paths that I’ve followed but my primary career path was to work with children. When my son was a toddler, I began babysitting other toddlers and you haven’t lived until you potty trained 5 kids at once! I moved into teaching preschool and eventually ended up working for HeadStart as an Education Manager and later as Assistant Director. I thought I would stay there until I retired but after many years, they did some restructuring and eliminated positions, mine included. About this time, I started to see some changes in my health and seemingly overnight, developed arthritis in all of my joints, which led to hip replacement of my right hip, then three years later, re-replacement of the same hip, and then three weeks later that same hip dislocated! Crazy, right?
During this time, I came to realize that my professional life would have to change. I wasn’t sleeping well, had lots of body discomfort (pain), did not feel “sharp” anymore, and was feeling mentally distracted because of my physical issues. So I decided to look at working part time and not being the one “in charge”, and this worked better for me. I began writing for Examiner.com, created a chair exercise program for Seniors, took a job as a telephone receptionist for public schools, work as a Behavior Assistant, and started a tutoring business. This sounds like a lot but it doesn’t add up to the hours I put in before, gives me a lot of flexibility, and also is work I can do primarily from a chair. And, age isn’t an issue. There are a few other things I’m trying to put together and if that happens, I’ll let you know.
Now also during all of this health mess, my husband of 30 years decides that he doesn’t want to be married anymore and moved out during my second time in the hospital, leaving me with a mess to deal with. But, more about that later.
You’re probably wondering what’s the purpose of this blog. I’m writing it in hopes that other women can learn from my mistakes, my journey, and my successes. It’s been a hard road but I’m getting there. And, I have discovered that I really like to write! I also have discovered that I like the new “me” better than I did the married “me” and I want to celebrate that.
Until our next cup of tea……Shelley