As I slid into my 60th birthday, I looked for information on aging gracefully, and was told by a book seller “there’s not much out here for baby boomers.” This decade took on many challenges, and I needed information and practical wisdom to guide my path. Since I was a young woman, I have practiced cultivating the “quiet place” with the Lord and listening to His soft whispers. In these times of quiet reflection, I have received relevant guidance about life at this juncture which has made the journey more successful, but a book that addresses specifics about the joys and challenges about growing old would be useful, not only for me, but for a generation of baby boomers. Many of us would agree that this autumn season of life is full of rich blessing, great joy and contentment of a life well-lived; however, to be honest, we must admit we are in uncharted waters.
The purpose of us sharing thoughts, ideas, fears, joys, and our concerns is to gather information that would be useful for all of us, but maybe for millions of baby boomers who might be wandering around wondering “what’s next!” Our “class project” may end up becoming a best seller that could be a blessing to many.
I invite you to participate and have conversation online with us through my blog site. To give some structure to our dialogue, I will post a blog about a certain topic and ask a question that will be a springboard for discussion. I will collect content for our “book” as conversation progresses. Here are some thoughts that might be helpful:
- If anyone wants to write “their story” and keep it private, they can send it to me through email as an attachment. You should have my email address or you can find it easily on the blog site.
- We will discuss cognitive, personality, social, physical, and spiritual issues. The more we are honest about our journey the more information we can gain about the aging process.
- The writing process evolves as we move forward, so we will watch something creative and beautiful emerge. Always feel free to give ideas and thoughts on how we can proceed together on this new adventure—“class project.”
- Even though there are many challenges to growing old, we can keep our conversation positive and productive and focus on the joys as well as the realities of aging.
I am excited to engage in this effort with all of you. Let’s begin by encouraging friends to get involved and discussing our first question. Click on the comment button on the blog site and off we go!!!!
Make general comments about how you feel about participating in a “baby boomer” project for possible publication of a book. Our first question is “What are your greatest joys in this season of life?”
Ok, I will see you online!