PJ’s and Other Great Things About Being Over 60

garfield_in_pjsOn my way to the computer I wandered past the bedroom and then did a quick about face to go back and put my pj’s on.  An unthinkable thing to do a few years ago.  Working in pj’s would have been out of the question.  Now they are normal attire for Saturday morning housework, yoga practice and evenings in front of the computer or TV.

(Many thanks to whomever it was that made pj’s acceptable and helped retire the detestable baby dolls and nightgowns.)

As I get older I find there are many things which just aren’t so important any more.  On the list are wearing makeup every time I leave the house, washing my hair every day, high heels and naps.

The makeup thing would meet strong opposition from my friend Lynn who is very concerned with appearance.  She thinks because I have a business I should never go out in less than full work regalia but I cannot agree.  It is time and money that can be better spent elsewhere.  If I’m lucky the potential clients won’t recognize me anyway.  I should learn to wear sunglasses like the movie stars so no one will recognize me.  The problem with that is I can’t read with the darn things on in the store.

Washing my hair daily is not only a waste of time and resources but darn my arms just get tired sometimes from holding the blow dryer.

The shoes have been a bit of an adjustment but a bout with a foot ailment cured me of that.  Now the shoes are more expensive but not nearly as pretty.  Cute shoes are a thing of the past and if I could wear sandals in the snow I would.  My toes scream for freedom.

I learned to nap many years ago when I worked 18 hour days.  That afternoon hour was what kept me going while I worked three different jobs to keep food on the table and the mortgage paid.  I would not have made it through the days without the nap.  Some people I know think a nap is a sign of weakness but I’ve noticed they are usually asleep in a chair by 8:00 p.m. and I’ve got my second wind and can work or read or just relax for the evening because I stole that hour before supper.

As  I move along in life the pressures and priorities have certainly changed.  I’m much easier on myself and usually easier on others as well.  I hurry less and spend time on the more eternal things like friendships instead of the shallow cares of youth.

What sorts of things do you find you are relaxing about in your life as you travel on?  Please share in the comments or in Facebook.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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