We all need someone to walk with us on our different journeys. Growing older can be lonely and scary, but so can life at any point. When we have someone to shuffle along with, the road is not so steep or long and mostly the scary things stay away.
Dignity is something that starts to take center stage as we age, probably because most of us know that at least to some extent we are going to have to let go of a portion of it before we’re done. When considering names for a website, dignity was on my mind. As I mulled it over, though, I realized that behaving with dignity–respectful of differences, concerned for the welfare of others and the natural world–is something that is of great importance to me. Dignity does not exist in a vacuum; it needs to be planted and tended and cultivated. And thus the name; chosen with the hope that in some small way I will add to the store of dignity in the world and will meet others who are committed to the same path.
I am 71 years old and retired from my last work incarnation as a case manager in a residential treatment center. I have always enjoyed writing and decided to try creating a blog. I did feel like the proverbial old dog learning new tricks and I was pretty impressed with myself when I actually managed to create a blog site that looked at least somewhat professional. (Thank you WordPress!)
Initially I thought I would probably be writing mostly about aging and some of the funny and not-so-funny aspects. However, I discovered that there are many subjects I am interested in exploring, writing about, and sharing with anyone who finds them interesting. There didn’t seem to be any point in restricting myself as an “old woman.” Despite the advice to write about what you know, I seem to be willing to write about most anything. It is all my opinion and take on life, but isn’t that the point?
Thank you to all who are shuffling along with me…….