50 Over 50 Project for 2020


Debbie Zehnder

Age: 71


"Don’t think about aging. Try to see your true self as soon as possible and be that person."

Age: 71
Profession: Retired Educator, Dancer.

What is the best thing about being your age?
All the memories I have inside, all the experiences that have made me feel alive!

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?
Divorce is pretty hard.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Fighting for inclusiveness in education.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Calmness and awareness.

What is your most treasured possession?
Pictures of my family and life experiences.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
Having two incredible children.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Traveling anywhere I want.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A bigger smile.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
My red hair.

What is your greatest fear?
To be misunderstood.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their love.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Do not worry about the risks you want to take. Just do it!

what is your favorite motto or quote?
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”– Oscar Wilde