The cool thing about being Baby Boomers is that we’ve learned how to navigate life through all its obstacles and challenges. Each time something happens we learn new life skills. Sometimes new knowledge comes randomly out of the blue and for no reason at all. It’s what makes life interesting and how we survive.
Our Baby Boomer bloggers have been picking up life skills here and there either because we’ve had to involuntarily or have passed milestones that require them.
One of those milestones is retirement
When we first retire, we don’t know what lies ahead of us. Life happens. We make unexpected turns. Sometimes the surprises come right away when the reality of retirement doesn’t match up with our dreams. Or they may come later after we think we’ve got it all figured out . . . only we don’t. So this week Tom at Sightings Over Sixty is asking How Have You Been Surprised by Retirement?
The unexpected may happen like a health issue
Over at AHealingSpirit.org, Carol Cassara is preparing for surgery with some simple relaxation techniques. She’s sharing one of the nicest, and easiest at her blog.
Then there are everyday life skills that need to be honed
On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Blog, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about how to be a good pedestrian. Robison got the idea for the article because as she waited for a young woman to cross the street, the woman opened up the box of pizza she was carrying, picked up a slice, and began eating it. See Robison’s article, “Pedestrians: Pay Attention When Crossing the Street and Don’t Eat Pizza,” for walking safety tips for pedestrians and what drivers should do to help keep pedestrians safe.
Our efforts sometimes get hindered by striving for perfection
Jennifer, of Unfold and Begin, is on month 5 of her year-long journey into extreme self-care. In, Do You Control Freak Much? she takes a look at those things that we have a hard time giving up because we think only we know how to do them right. Check out the May calendar that includes steps we can all take to loosen the reins a little and allow someone else to take over a task in order to put more time back into our day.
Having knowledge of history and an appreciation for where we live can be important for our happiness
Years ago, Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting was a college history major. Most of the information from those years have long passed into a defunct database in her brain. Sometimes however a name, date, or event resonates today. This week she writes about a date in history most of us probably learned and forgot about in An Island on My Mind.
And what new things have I learned lately?
In addition to keeping up with doctor appointments and treatments for the man I live with, one of my dogs got diagnosed with diabetes. I had to learn how to inject him with insulin twice a day. He’s doing much better now and I’m getting handy with a needle, even though it still makes me cringe. All that has been stressful, so I was grateful when I was offered a guest post on the Best Yoga Poses for Women Over 50 to Stay Flexible. They help me relax and I hope they’ll help you too.
What new life skills have you learned lately? Please leave a comment below.