50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2021
"Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, always do your best."
age: 68 profession: Writer and Nonprofit Communications/Development Consultant
What is the best thing about being your age?
Having confidence, accepting what is, and knowing how fortunate I am.
What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?
At age 50, my husband of 20+ years abruptly left, completely out of the blue. I developed new strengths and capabilities as a person and as a mother. I would not have had the personal growth, the ability to work in service to others, and the deep, daily gratitude I feel for the experiences and people in my life had this not happened.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having raised two strong, loving daughters who are now raising their own strong, loving children and making contributions to the world around them.
What is your most treasured possession?
I don’t think much about possessions but I have a pretty cool contemporary art collection.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Peace of mind, joy in small things, appreciating the ironies of life.
What is a trait you are most proud of?
Resilience, optimism, curiosity.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would get over the death of proper grammar and punctuation.
what is your greatest extravagance?
I’m free. I’m safe. I’m loved. My whole life is an extravagance.
What do you most value in your friends?
Humor, intelligence, kindness, tolerance, logic.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You have a lot to learn. It’s not going to be what you expect. Learn to adapt. Trust your instincts. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Words of wisdom for younger women
It’s hard to beat The Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, always do your best.