50 Over 50 Project for 2020


Tina Gonzalez

Age: 60


"Don't sweat the small stuff and remember that when one door closes another opens."

Age: 60
Profession: Pharmacy Technician

What is the best thing about being your age?
Deciding to let my hair go grey and realizing I have the power to accomplish anything.

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?
In 1993 I was in a horrific auto accident. An18 year old boy, with no license or insurance, crossed over the center line on a curve to pass 3 cars and hit me head on! I suffered many broken bones including compound fractures and hit my head, which basically cracked all my teeth. Spending 14 days in Dominican was not what I had planned for Easter that year. I was supposed to be in Miami to attend my best friend's wedding.

I had to learn to walk all over again. To this day, I still have issues from all the broken pieces (every year I have a spur shaved off my lower pelvic area to be able to sit for any length time), but I chose to better myself and finish school to be a Pharmacy Technician in between all the surgeries. I could go on and on, but it has made me stronger, and more resilient – scars healed my soul, I'm very humbled, and at peace with myself.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Going back to school in my late 30s to get my license for pharmacy, plus to continuously learn new things.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To complete my lists of things to do and have a my family and friends around.

What is your most treasured possession?
What’s in my heart – all those treasured memories.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
No bucket list, just to be the best possible person I can be and rich in love.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My eyebrows! I had them tattooed on as a gift to myself at 40, after a head-on accident took 1/2 a brow. I got tired of drawing them on, just to have them wash off with swimming...selfish, no!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Gone to college after high school.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
My selflessness and heart. I give everything to make things happen, to make anything special. I love being a Jack of all Trades! I’ll make a beautiful meal, throw a party, do your shopping, cleaning, yard work, appointments, make time to sit with you, take critters for a walk, babysit, deliver prescriptions, go to the post office, mediations between Dr’s, nurses, insurance, banking...anything to make your life a beautiful one.

During this whole crazy Covid and fire season, I did things for the immune compromised, did errands like their banking, laundry, taking them to appointments, picking up prescriptions, yard work, shopping, deliveries, cleaned their houses, and still care for my parents with my siblings, cooked meals all while working full time. I’ve since retired from the pharmaceutical industry (my wrist’s couldn’t handle it anymore since they’ve both been replaced).

What is your greatest fear?
Death of a loved one.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their heart and soul. They can be here in a moments notice, should I need them.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff and when one door closes another opens.

What is your motto or favorite quote?
It’s life, make it better tomorrow.

Advice to younger women....
My many words of wisdom....Don’t sweat the small stuff. Always pay it forward, be kind, dance in the rain, never say the word can’t, but I can, make a date night once a month and never forget to say I Love You❤️