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Is Life All Downhill After You Hit 40?

Short Answer: No.

Long Answer: Hell, No.

I'm 67. I retired last year, after realizing that the old age I'd been waiting for had arrived. In addition to finally getting off the merry-go-round of too little time, and not enough spent with people who matter to me, or activities that I truly enjoyed, I said: enough.

Was my first year what I'd expected? Not even close.

To begin with, I was humbled to realize that, planner though I was, completely unstructured time is not something I handled well. Before the year was up, I'd started taking local teaching sub jobs, 2-3 times a week. I actually made better progress with writing after I had less time in which to accomplish it.

The district I sub in has generally nice kids, the work allows me to plan and make notes on my writing, and I am still able to reject jobs and have fun instead.

Due to an unexpected illness on my husband's part, I did not get as much travel as I would have liked. However, he is better now, and I'm anticipating taking more 2-4 day trips in the future.

The same with housework - it's actually harder to clean and organize when you have a completely open schedule. Once I tightened up on that freedom, I noticed that I improved my household considerably.

But, what about creativity? Many assume that your more creative years are when you are fresh and young.

Don't believe it. Here are some stories about some women who are kicking a$$ - creating and learning, and completely enjoying the last third of their lives.

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