Follow Your Dream No Matter How Old You Are. Wise advice, we can’t always do it. When I retired I had the time to do some things I was interested in.
The first thing I did was start volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. I learned so much working alongside people of all ages. I gained experience in working with power tools which gave me the confidence to start building things. I also started working on the Family Services Committee and eventually went from the job site to the office.
Another thing I checked out was the Garden Club and while I enjoyed it, after a while I decided it wasn’t for me.
And with all of that, I went back to my first love, creating, whether it be sewing, drawing, painting and building. Shoppe No. 5 was born. My friend and I opened up a booth and sold our creations. She decided to do a few different things but I kept the booth. And all the while I read blogs and dreamed of becoming a blogger. To blog about my different interests.
Having the blog is so fulfilling and although I devote a lot of time, creating and everything else I love doing it. I am following my dream.
And you are wondering why are you telling me this? My blogger friends and I who are over fifty decided to reach out and talk about what it is like to be over 50 or more.
I can only tell my story but I think I have finally decided what I want to do when I grow up.
I love the challenge of working out what I will do with a piece of furniture, or how I am going to create a project from a drop cloth or what will I do with the thrift store treasure I just found.
To dream of the next project whether it is going to involve sewing, or painting or building. And all the while I am getting my exercise by lifting and hauling. And my mind is getting a work out as well.
I have learned so many new things by having this little blog of mine. I never thought I would learn what I have for the backend of the blog. And learning photography, something I really wanted to get into when I was in art school. And drawing on my writing skills after taking classes so long ago when I was in school.
Have you heard of the saying you are as young as you feel? Well, I really feel so young and alive and I am so grateful I took the leap of faith to follow my dream.
But not only that. I think by having the opportunity to do what you love, at any age if possible and giving back to your community you can’t go wrong. That is what keeps us young.
Turning A Negative Life Event Into A Positive One
Turning a negative life event into a postive one takes courage. Now most of you are probably saying yes and thinking of the positive nature of the situation.
I had an occurrence that was so negative that I could feel my life being sucked away. I felt I was becoming someone I could not be proud of or even like. This person who affected me is a bully and I did not have the tools to defend myself even though I tried. I was told I was too nice as if it is the worst thing a person can be. The crazy thing is this happened to me as an adult, not too long ago.
And even though I was so unhappy I can look back on that time more objectively and realize I learned from that experience. I was taught skills that have helped me in what I am doing now. I am no youngster but I believe no matter what our age we can learn and grow, that is precisely what happened to me.
So I made a life changing decision. I changed my environment because I knew that person was not going to change. And that person hasn’t really changed, she continues to bully although it was finally brought to her attention. But I can only change myself and I am at a point where I can finally say thank you for being a mean bully to me and to forgive.
I have become a happier person, I like myself again and I am entering into a phase of my life where I can be creative and my own person. Had I not allowed myself to be bullied and then taken the necessary steps to change that I would never have embarked on this adventure of having a shop where I can sell my creations and writing a blog. So for that I thank you and can only pray you don’t treat others as badly, as they may not have that strength that I found deep within myself with God’s help. Part of growing as a person is to learn by the past and help others so they feel they are not alone. Life is good.