50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
#23
Kate DeVarney

Age: 61

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"Be true to

yourself first."

age: 61

 

profession: Neuroscientist, Pharmaceutical Executive, Qigong Teacher and Cancer Wellness Coach

 

What is the best thing about being your age?

Having the life experiences and relationships that my age affords me is absolutely the best part about being my age.

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?

Coming of age as a gay woman in the late 70s-80s was particularly challenging and traumatic.  I was "outed" in college and as a result suffered severe bullying and abuse, including sexual abuse.  When I was able to assimilate and reconcile those experiences, it allowed me to create and sustain the life I wanted.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?

Finding and marrying my partner.
 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

For me, perfect happiness cannot be defined by one thing since it ebbs and flows throughout life.  Perhaps perfect happiness is the knowledge that there is the possibility of it.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty and trust.

what is your greatest extravagance?

My two dogs.

What is your most treasured possession?

Time.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is my family and the life we continue to build together.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would change nothing at all.
 

What is a trait you are most proud of?

My ability to listen.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to be true to your passions, trust your intuition and have patience and faith that things will work out.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

"Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong."

Words of wisdom for younger women

Be true to yourself first.

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