50 Over 50 Project for 2020


Maggie Pierce

Age: 68


"Do what makes you happy. Fill your heart with love and joy as much as you can - then do it again!"

Age: 68
Profession: Retired Massage Therapist, Social Services, Energy Auditor.

What is the best thing about being your age?
Still enjoying good health, being active in the community, and being independent.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Leaving Ohio, long distance bicycling recumbent style 7,000 miles, and creating a life in Santa Cruz.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
I've never made a bucket list, but I've been open to lots of opportunities. Traveling, singing, and dancing are and have been at the top of the list (if I had one).

What is your most treasured possession?

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Feeing in harmony with the beauty of nature.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
The gift of discernment. Having a clear sense of my surroundings and situations, and how to deal with them.

What is your greatest fear?
Getting stuck somewhere in an unpleasant place without resources.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Self indulgence - good food, wine, friends.

What do you most value in your friends?
Real communication. Honesty and a good heart.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't believe everything people tell you about how to live your life or how the "system" works.

What is your motto or favorite quote?
"Give peace a chance."