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Marcia Barhydt
Author... Contributor to We Magazine and Maturity Matters.

At 64, Marcia Barhydt started writing for women over 50. She is a monthly contributor to Kalon Women, WE Magazine for Women, BoomerCafe, Boomers Forever, and Women's Post.

Marcia's new book, Celebrate Age! is a collection of her thoughts, rants, raves and wisdoms learned after 50. Marcia lives in Brampton and is the proud mother of 2 grown daughters, Heather and Allison, and the even prouder grandmother of her 3 "perfect granddaughters".


REINVENTION

Throughout my life, I've been fortunate to have been able to reinvent myself when I had to. After my marriage ended, for example; when my kids went off to university; when I lived on my own for the first time in my life; when I retired from a 32 year career; when I started dating again at 62.

And thank goodness I was able to reinvent myself with ease because reinvention is something all of us face many times in our lives, never more so than now that we're in our 50s, 60s, or 70s.

It used to be of course, that a person retired from a 40 year career with the same company, accepted the silver watch, and spent the rest of her time in the rocking chair. Not any longer.

Now we boomers are reinventing the face of retirement, just as we've reinvented the face of so many other traditions during our lives. Boomers reinvented family planning with the birth control pill; we reinvented our work lives by moving from one career to another with ease; we reinvented our pre-set concepts of minority groups and sloughed off our ill placed prejudices; we embraced 'free love', hippie-dom and flower power; some of us burned our bras and some of us burned our 3 piece power suits. We soared to the moon with John Glenn; we descended to the depths of despair after JFK's and Martin Luther King's assassinations. And we kept changing, reinventing, ourselves and our lives and our worlds after each event.

So now, here we all are, newly retired, or close to it, looking at the next stage and we're realizing that yet another reinvention is at hand. No rocking chair for us, nossirree. We're going to move on, start new, go on a search for the next phase, the next chapter, the next happening in our lives. And, just like Slim Pickens riding the A-Bomb in Dr. Strangelove, we're whooping with joy for the whole ride!

This is not the time when we're about to settle down for maybe the first time in our lives. This is the time when we're starting out perhaps on a whole new journey, trying something new, putting a new spin on something old, maybe even finding our dream.

I'm delighted to be working on my dream right this very moment. I retired 10 years ago from a 32 year career with an airline and I discovered within 6 months that I could start and run my own business! In the past 2 years, I've discovered a new passion - I can write! It's a dream I didn't even realize I had until I tried and holy cow, it's amazing!

I'm honoured to be contributing to Boomers Forever; I'm dedicated to promoting all boomers; I'm committed to exploring this exceptional stage of my life and I'm particularly excited about sharing my thoughts and ideas with you as I continue through my latest reinvention.

I think that all of us have an incredible ability to experience life, to embrace it or reject it, to take the best for ourselves from it, to pass on our wisdom to our family, friends, colleagues and even strangers, to allow our experiences to shade us and to influence our choices and to colour who we're becoming because of these experiences.

I plan to write about my own experiences, as well as stories I hear about from you, in future issues for Boomers Forever. Assorted and diverse stuff, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but the stuff our lives are made of right now, the stuff that makes us the wise women and men that we are now, the stuff that has brought us to this wonderful latest reinvention.

I'm reinventing my own wheel. Join me?


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