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I’d Rather Be 66
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In my “jewelry box” there’s a watch I call my “I’d-rather-be-40-than-pregnant watch.” It was sort of a joke at that birthday because I was really into the teen years with my kids and couldn’t imagine dealing with a baby. My watch is now 26 years old - still ticking - and so am I.

Those years were such productive times as I helped raise the next generation that I assumed would go on to save the small portion of the world they lived in. I had such lofty goals for them and for me after they left the nest. I’ve really enjoyed the years since, but sometimes – just sometimes, I wonder sadly if all that productivity is behind me. To prove to myself that people my age and older continue to be vital contributors to society, I did some Googling … computer parlance for searching.

Vital Contributors
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House on the Prairie” books, didn’t publish her first book until she was 64.
  • Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at age 70.
  • Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa at age 75
  • Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize at age 69
  • Peter Mark Roget published the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus when he was 73
  • Grandma Moses didn’t begin to paint until age 76
  • Actress Jessica Tandy was 80 when she won an Academy Award
  • Golda Meir became the Prime Minister of Israel at the age of 70.
  • Noah Webster published his first dictionary when he was 69 years old.
Although I have no dreams of doing any of those things – except maybe publish another book – I’m in good company when it comes to the golden years of productivity. So, I’m right where I need to be – I’d rather be 66 than 40.

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