Earlobes and Such

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

Now, on to my blog:

Pen in EarlobeWe use our bodily parts in various ways to hold the objects necessary in our daily life. We balance glasses on the bridge of our nose and the tops of our ears. We hold up our pants by cinching belts around our waists.  We strap watches around our wrists. We tie young babies to our backs. As the child grows larger, we hoist it on our hip bone to straddle our body for balance as we carry it.

I came upon this young woman who took the concept to a whole new level.  She had stretchers in her earlobes. (Click here and scroll down to read my blog of June 5, 2017, “Generational Differences,” which features “gauges” as earlobe stretchers are called.) That is a style now among many of the younger generation.

The stereotypical waitress’ answer to always looking for a pen or pencil is to shove it through her hair to rest on the top of her ear. However, this young woman’s innovative answer was to push it through the large hole in her earlobe.

Adaptability can be brought into all aspects of our lives: our jobs, our studies, our relationships, our parenting…  Always doing things the tried-and-true way doesn’t allow for expansion.

Think about things you’d like to change about yourself or do differently.  Focus on how you might morph to enhance your life.  Make a conscious effort to imagine the steps you can take.  Compile a to-do list using a computer or even the old-fashioned method of pen and paper, even if you don’t keep your writing implement as handy as the appendage dangling from your ear.

Strive to make your life fuller and more satisfying.  Create ways to stretch yourself in lots of areas, not just your earlobes.


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Filed under active seniors, Baby boomers, gerontology, healthy aging, longevity, reinvention, retirement, senior citizens, successful aging

2 responses to “Earlobes and Such

  1. Isabel Leonard

    I like the idea of stretching yourself. I just came back from the first of six classes at the Berkeley Psychic Institute in developing your extrasensory potential. The teacher was good, and my classmates were an interesting bunch.

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