50 Over 50 Project for 2020

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Lora Lee Chapman

Age: 55

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"Aging is great because it means you are still alive!"

Age: 55
Profession: Sales

What is the best thing about being your age?
Freedom. So many things I used to worry about just don't even matter. I just live my life without worrying about them. A gentle view when I look in the rearview mirror. I made some mistakes, some very big ones, but I don’t have to be mean to myself about them anymore.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Surviving stage 4 cancer in 2017. Also, I am not done achieving, check back in a few years.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
Jumping out of an airplane. I want to do it again.

What is your most treasured possession?
Gosh, this one is surprisingly hard to answer. I have a lot of heirloom antiques. I guess I would say my house in New York, it has been in the family since 1929.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Health and being with the man I love, eating a meal that he cooked for us.
Knowing my amazing daughter is well, following her heart.
Making art with my camera or any other way.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
I am amazingly resilient. I just have a great bounce-back.
Helpful in life, and certainly in my work in sales.

What is your greatest fear?
My cancer coming back is my greatest fear. Cancer can and does change one in a way that cannot be explained. Other people who have had cancer get it. Big shout out to our local organization Womencare.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like to be taller.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Real maple syrup, I never compromise on this.

What do you most value in your friends?
Acceptance. Friends who let me be me, and know who I am and have known since I was a young girls. My friends of 45 years are my greatest delight!

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to not be so practical all the time. Get a little wild now and then. Also, travel more. Every chance you get to go somewhere, take it!

What is your motto or favorite quote?
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" – Wayne Gretzsky
This means, just go for it. Whatever “it” is.

Additional thoughts...
Aging is great because it means you are still alive! Embrace it! Never apologize for your age or use it as an excuse. Every single trip around the sun is a victory lap, and I treat it as such. I have been known to celebrate my birthday for an entire month.

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