Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, but I’ve been giving author talk – book signing events about my memoir: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class. I just gave one last week at Laguna Woods Retirement Village in Orange County, CA. It’s been so much fun in my new role as an author. People have responded very positively to my talks. Today, in my ongoing discussion of things Baby Boomers and seniors can do to develop a passion as a motivation to embrace life, I’m going to talk about pursuing genealogy. I have a retired friend who has been charting his genealogy and that of his deceased wife. He was able to go back several generations on his own by visiting various websites. Then, he hired a professional to go back even further. My friend has contacted distant relatives he finds, and has been going on trips around the world to meet them and visit old cemeteries where relatives are buried. The Mormons are passionate about keeping genealogical records on everyone they can as it corresponds with their religious beliefs. They are very welcoming at all their churches to allow anyone to check their genealogical archives, and there are volunteers there to assist. You don’t have to be a Mormon to take advantage of their help. Best of all, it is totally free. I visited the Mormon Temple in Los Angeles, CA many years ago and found my mother’s name along with all her parents and siblings in a 1920s census record. She was only 5 years old. It was very exciting. Distant family members have found me because someone spent a lot of time pursuing the family genealogy. Is genealogy something you could become passionate about as a motivation to embrace life?
Monthly Archives: June 2013
It’s so easy to tell someone else to get a life–find something to do. It’s so hard as the recipient of that advice to know where to start. One might secretly ask themselves: What would I even do? Where do I go to do it? Will I look foolish? Will I be rejected? In my last post on this subject, I suggested looking for classes and senior programs in your community. Today I want to talk about gardening as a pursuit. A friend who is a senior, retired a few years ago and turned to her prior hobby of gardening. She is now a member of 2 rose societies, one of which tends the rose garden on the grounds of the Rose Parade headquarters in Pasadena, California. She is always going to some gardening meeting or another, often with plant cuttings in her car trunk. I have contributed cuttings from my own yard to her cause. She has become passionate about this pursuit. It gives her life joy, meaning, excitement, and provides a social outlet, interacting with other devotees. There is a Cactus and Bromeliad society in my area. They have club meetings, competitions, and other events. I once got involved for awhile in an organization for carnivorous plants after I was gifted a Tropical Pitcher plant. Have you always enjoyed gardening? See if there are any public gardens (flowers, edibles, etc.) where you live, and if they’re looking for volunteers. And remember my motto: even if you’re scared, do it anyway!
It’s so important to reinvent yourself so you discover and learn new things. It’s a way to get excited about life and want to get out there. I’ve met so many Baby Boomers and seniors who are bored and depressed. Now that they’ve retired and the kids are grown, they don’t know what to do with themselves. In my life, I’ve gone from being a mother, wife and career woman (I was a probation officer for 37 years) to becoming an actress and author as a senior. So, I’m going to start blogging about activities you can do to find something to be passionate about–something to make you want to get out of bed, get dressed, and get out of the house and embrace life! Today I’ll talk about classes and senior programs. There are senior citizen centers and learning-in-retirement programs in just about every neighborhood. They offer wonderful classes, activities, and events. Just ask friends about them or google “senior citizens center in (your city).” Then, find their website or better yet, go in person to see what it looks like. However you do it, get their schedule of classes or their program or whatever they call it. Find a class, event, bus trip, etc. that sounds interesting, sign up, and go to it. It’s hard walking into a room full of people where you’re alone and everyone else seems to know each other. Do it anyway! Remember, just about everyone there was where you are at the beginning. It gets easier the more you do it. HINT: try something you’ve never done in your life. That’s how to grow, expand, and find a new passion in life. That’s what I did, shaking in my shoes at the beginning. I write all about my journey in my new memoir, including the scared, shaking in my shoes part.