Discovering your passion after 60

I felt hypocritical when I wrote a guest post for my Australian blogging friend Sue Loncaric whose blog is entitled: “Sizzling Toward 60.” I attended my 45th high school reunion in August and even though I am the ‘baby’ of my class, if you do the math you will know I have ‘fizzled past 60.’

But does being over 60 inevitably involve a fizzling action? I’m living proof that indeed it does not.

My path to writing

I have spent the last 37 years practicing as a registered nurse. It has been an interesting and practical profession, providing me with steady employment.

But as the years passed and I found myself with an empty nest, I discovered a passion that has become my calling.

I have loved words and reading since I explored my first ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’ book in elementary school. As a child, I cherished time in my room absorbed in a page-turner, resistant to my mother’s admonishments to get outside to experience fresh air and sunshine.

A few years ago, I started writing Facebook posts about mundane experiences interjecting a twist of humor. Some might even say ‘twisted humor’ but the more people responded positively to my posts, the more I felt compelled to give them something to laugh about in a world full of problems and tragedy.

The birth of Shallow Reflections

Friends and family urged me to start a blog but I had self-doubts. Through my apprehension, however, an inner voice insisted, “Start a blog. You can do it.”

I knew I would focus on humor but one of my biggest obstacles in getting started was choosing a name for my blog.

My husband and I have always had a running joke between us that it was our shallowness that brought us together. In the past, my daughter-in-law wrote a wonderful blog called ‘Optimistic Reflections.’ Suddenly on a boring car trip, the name was born: Shallow Reflections.

I launched Shallow Reflections in January 2015 and I recently published my 100th post entitled: You need to know about these obscure conspiracies. Most of my essays are humorous with an occasional heartbreaker, e.g after our dog died last December.

Friends and opportunities beyond my imagination

I’ve met a lot of other writers online by joining and participating in Facebook groups and attended the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop in Dayton, Ohio in 2016, where I met many of my online friends in real life. When I met one very special friend Lee Gaitan, we solidified in person what we had felt meeting online. Here is a story about our blossoming friendship she published on Sixty and Me:  How a surprise friendship showed me that life after 60 gives as much as it takes.

I discovered another Maine humor writer early in my blogging days, who is as adorable as she is hilarious and we have become fast friends, meeting in person on several occasions and looking forward to more. Roxanne Jones, author of Boomer Haiku, makes me laugh and I am thankful for her and her generous support.

I submitted an essay to the Erma Bombeck writer’s Competition called: Deep cleaning, is that even a thing?  and it made the final round. I’ve had essays published on several online sites including Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, Humor Outcasts, Better After 50, and have written guest posts for some terrific bloggers, e.g. Sizzling Toward 60, Menopausal Mom, and Mostly Blogging. I am very excited about my recent acceptance to contribute essays to Sixty and Me.

Face the decade of your 60’s with hope and excitement

My message to you dear reader is to face the decade of your 60’s with hope and excitement. If you haven’t found your calling, don’t be discouraged. Think about what you wanted when you graduated from high school so many years ago. What did you love to do? What things did you long to try? The great thing about being in our stage of life is no one expects much from us, and if we fail, no one is paying attention anyway.

Unless of course, you happen to share exciting news with your son, and he reminds you that you told him that same story last week. And you argue with him saying you didn’t. And he begins to fill in details that he would only know if he was either a psychic or you were indeed repeating yourself. And during the pause that ensues from this sobering realization he begins to ask you silly questions like, “Do you know where you are? Do you know what year it is?” while he does a google search for ‘local nursing homes with dementia units.’

In this case, your every move is scrutinized.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, what is your calling? Are you excited about exploring new interests? What would you like to pursue that you always dreamed about doing?

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26 thoughts on “Discovering your passion after 60

  1. Hi Molly!
    I am honored that you mentioned my blog, Mostly Blogging, in your post. It was my pleasure to host you. Thank you for the link and the mention. I am getting traffic from your site today. Much appreciated!
    Janice

  2. Well said & so glad you found your writing calling! Also, your son sounds like me & my sister when my mum repeats herself or forgets something! Kids – we’re all ungrateful brats deep down! 😉

  3. There’s something divinely charming about being able to write about mundane and/or otherwise horrible life experiences and make people laugh hysterically in the process. Even if at times the only person who’s laughing as you. That’s what I appreciate about people like Amy Oestreicher, most comedians, and now you! You seem marvelous so far!

  4. Been to Maine once and loved it, to bad I was married and not blogging then 🙁 or dinner would have been on me. It is so cool to hear how all of us took the leap into the blogging world. Many try it but only a handful stick with it! Fizzling after sixty….PLEEEEASSSSEEEE spare me the pity party, you are stronger than ever and a riot to boot!

    • Hahaha! Actually I don’t feel like being over 60 warrants any pity, Gary, but glad we have met in the blogging world. Even though you are MUCH younger. LOL. Next time you are in Maine, I’ll let you know where to make reservations for dinner. It will be such fun!

    • Oh to be in one’s 50’s again! How you make me reminisce, Linda. If only I could remember I’m sure I’d have fond memories. You have a major head start on an oldie like me with your sizzling creativity!

  5. Congratulations Molly on 100 posts and you definitely are Sizzling! Your post was fun and yet inspirational. There is still so much more we can do from 60+ so you keep going girl! Thanks for the mention as well 🙂

  6. ” And during the pause that ensues from this sobering realization he begins to ask you silly questions like, “Do you know where you are? Do you know what year it is?” while he does a google search for ‘local nursing homes with dementia units.’

    In this case, your every move is scrutinized.”
    Oops! You just called out me and my sister! lol
    Thanks Molly for your lighthearted look at life.
    Congrats on 100 posts!! I wanna be like you when I grow up! (In less than 5 years, I’ll be sizzling too!)

    • Me too, Roxanne. And you introduced me to the Facebook groups that held the key to networking and finding other like minded writers/supporters. Isn’t it great to have commraderie while we fizzle together?

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