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This is an email from Crow's Feet: Life As We Age, a newsletter by Crow’s Feet.

Crow’s Feet writers have a lot to say about life as we age.

That’s one thing we learned last week when a group of writers and editors got together on Zoom to talk about this publication, our Facebook Group and a new Crow’s Feet podcast that will be launched later this spring.

We’re part of a community of writers, whose goal was summed up in an insightful piece by Melinda Blau:

“All of us who write and edit for Crow’s Feet share a similar vision: to normalize aging and to combat ageism, the last allowable prejudice — ironically, the one that eventually affects us all…if we’re lucky…

But it’s the writing — the ideas, the content, the process, and the final product — that keeps us at it. We write to self-reflect or relax, to nourish the ego or express an important idea, to pay it forward or to remind ourselves how we got here, to make a political statement or make others laugh. Often, it’s a little of all the above.”

Melinda must have been referring to writers like Carole Olsen, a writer and an editor of Crow’s Feet, who, in a recent piece, called on others to follow their dreams throughout their life:

“We as seniors are too stuck on the philosophy that we are too old; why even try? It’s too late.

‘I might as well feed the squirrels, watch television, or do Sudoku.’

‘I’m old, so I deserve the right to take it easy and take life slowly.’

Do you pass the days without goals, feeling alone or without meaning? Let’s dust off our aging bodies and realize that there is a living creature that thinks, moves and desires underneath it all. Where there is life, there’s hope!”

What the heck does it mean to retire?

This week, several stories about retirement caught my attention. Retirement offers a chance to shift gears, to reflect and to move forward in life. It may take months, years even, to find your new way of being in the world.

Darren Weir is newly retired and coming to terms with what to do with his free time. He writes:

“I had a lot of ideas about what I would do when I retired and now, I guess it’s time to start putting them into action. But where to begin? It’s all a little overwhelming.”

Clay “CJ” James figured he would pursue hobbies, like photography, after he retired from a hectic career as a lawyer. But one year in he writes that “forcing novel relationships and activities didn’t work for me.” Find out what did work for CJ here.

Roger Grant writes in Where Life Leads that after retiring his goal was to lead a simpler life:

“Never did I say ‘when I retire I’m going to live on a farm’ and yet there was a toy tractor on my retirement cake and my brother was singing the theme from Green Acres.”

Orrin Onken does a lot in a retirement, but he found himself tongue-tied when he tried to practice Spanish. Find out what he did to overcome his fear:

In retirement I am proud of what I accomplished in my career. But pride sometimes makes me a coward. Afraid to be a beginner again. Afraid to fail and look stupid. Afraid to take on new challenges. But practicing law was once new to me too, and I was terrified. I did it anyway. I didn’t die, and then I did it some more. When I finally walked away, I was an expert.

And Ed Friedman writes that a little bit of stress in retirement might just not be such a bad thing.

Writing Prompt

Finally before you go, check out the current Writing Prompt. To mark Earth Day, we challenge you to reflect on how your concerns about the future of the planet has changed over the past 50 years.

You’ll find 50 new stories — well-written, provocative and entertaining — in the past week alone on Crow’s Feet. Read them all right here!

-Nancy Peckenham, Editor

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“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” (Frank Lloyd Wright) Non-fiction pieces, personal essays and occasional poems that explore how we feel about how we age and offer tips for getting the most out of life.

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Nancy Peckenham

Nancy Peckenham

Journalist, editor, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, adventurer, history-lover. Editor of Crow’s Feet

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