50 Over 50 Project for 2020


Beth Thurman

Age: 58


"Aging is not for the weak – we need to push forward and not let anything or anyone discourage us."

Age: 58
Profession: Administrative Assistant for City of Santa Cruz, Board Member for Santa Cruz Neighbors, former Commissioner for the CIty of Santa Cruz, and retired tech professional.

What is the best thing about being your age?
The peace that comes with getting through all the societal milestones of adulthood.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being here alive and well today, and guiding two young adults to the same.

What is on your bucket list?
I have never had a bucket list – living each day being as happy as possible has been my goal.

What is your most treasured possession?
I have to say my home, not necessarily this house but my home and sanctuary.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Quiet time on the water with family, friends who are like family and dogs.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
My desire to help my community, and my ability to have a direct positive impact on people's lives.

What is your greatest fear?
Fear of losing loved ones.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Procrastinate less on the hard to knock off items.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My favorite wines.

What do you most value in your friends?
Open minds and hearts.

What advice would you give your younger self?
To relax and play more, and work less.

What is your motto or favorite quote?
It is what it is.

Additional thoughts...
Aging is not for the weak – we need to push forward and not let anything discourage us. Perfect eye sight until the age of 40, and the lack of the same now has been my Achille's heal.