50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2021
#34
Patricia Anderson

Age: 68

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"The only person that you should try to be better than is yourself."

age: 68 profession: Registered Dental Hygienist
Avocation: Equestrian

What is the best thing about being your age?

Wisdom and strength...I can deal with more that is thrown my way than ever before and learning to forgive is a big part of what makes us strong.

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

A divorce was not easy, but, it was a blessing in disguise and there is life after divorce.
 

Although, the biggest event in my life was being held hostage by a man who robbed a bank and shot and killed a police officer…it has made me grateful and lucky to be alive and makes one appreciate every moment we have here.

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

Still checking off things, but mostly Travel…I feel so fortunate to have already traveled to many places in the world such as Europe, SE Asia, Bali, Caribbean, US, Canada and Mexico

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

Have a better singing voice.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being healthy – it is the key to happiness.

what is your greatest extravagance?

Travel– and the most extravagant so far was staying in a five-star luxury Montana Ranch and having all the activities I love – horsebackriding, hiking , biking, spa services, a gourmet chef cooking every meal for us, and a beautiful lodge with a great array of beverages (alcohol and non) and any treats your heart desired in your personal cabin in the woods with our own hot tub!

What is your most treasured possession?
Possessions are just things…I carry it a bit further and look at my treasured friendships I have and I value those above all tangible objects.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

Little steps at a time produced many great achievements in my life.
I put myself through college, I am in a wonderful, loving second marriage, and I competed and won many long distance competitive trail rides of 25-30 miles a day on my horse that is my animal partner through Natural Horsemanship Training.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

Being adventurous and organized.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, without a doubt!

What is your motto or favorite quote?

The place to be is here,
The time to be is now,
and the way to be is happy.  – Unknown


What advice would you give your younger self?

The only person that you should try to be better than is yourself.

Words of wisdom for younger women

Have a sense of humor, take care of yourself, everything in moderation, be grateful and don’t judge a person until you have walked at least 12 moons in their moccasins. And, most of all, forgive.

Additional thoughts...

If you stop moving, You Stop Moving!

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