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Turning 60, and being (over) 60
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Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 6:36 pm
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Turning 50 meant little to me, turning 60 (late last September) meant a lot. I celebrated it with gusto. My family outdid themselves. I made a “birthday week” of it, and planned on keeping on celebrating for a full year.

This and that happened (one derailment after another, including a death) and … well, here we are, pandemic and all… I’ve only got 4 months left in this year!

Trying to get back in the saddle, back in the mood, and make it memorable, or significant, or special in some way. Just want my mojo back!

Here’s where you come in!

If you’re under 60, give me your list of 3 or 5 or 7 things you are looking forward to when you turn 60! It can be serious or silly, whatever!

If you are also celebrating having turned 60 this year, tell me about it! How is YOUR year going?

If you are now 61+, give me your list of thoughts, observations, from your vantage point: either looking back at life before, during, or (especially) after 60. Bonus points for making me laugh! 🙂

One guy’s list ran 60 items long! I’ll settle for “6” or whatever your stream-of-consciousness brings forth!

Thanks in advance! 🙂

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Congrats for your 60th, Tango

Shame the pandemic’s interrupted your celebrations. May you carry on celebrating when it’s over.

I’m under 60 (mid 40s) and I’d:

– sign in for many acrylic painting classes 

– learn how to play the piano for the rest of my life (might start that at 50)

– join a chorus

– visit Japan, New Zealand and Vancouver (probably more of Canada too)

– plan a trip with a few girlfriends of the same age (+/-)

Gosh, I realise I need more of this kind of thinking/planning as I could have written more in earlier decades!

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Congratulations on reaching this milestone, Tango! 🌞

This is such a positive topic. Some things I am looking forward to do are:

* having a small party under the light of a Scorpio Super-moon

* booking a session to view the night sky via the assistance of an astronomer with a first rate telescope

* booking an up close and personal visit with some tiger cubs. I dream of basking in the sun with them.

* swimming alongside dolphins

* going to dance classes

* singing upbeat, songs of worship with others

* regularly attending musical theatre

* doing some guided tours of haunted houses

That’s all from me. I’m hoping/planning for my senior years to be my best. May yours be the best too! 🥳

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I’m glad you had a nice celebration for your 60th birthday and that your family celebrated with you. Thats really nice. I will be 67 later this year. I saw my 60th birthday as the beginning of a new chapter in my life. It also was closing the door to my younger years and taking stock of all my wins and losses. It was bittersweet.

My new focus became retirement and deciding what that would look like for myself and my husband. I stopped working when I was 62, not really by choice but because I couldn’t find work. It was all good because my husband was working. I downsized our life a lot and began getting rid of a lot of things that I no longer needed. We want to move to a new house and state that more suits our needs now. We had planned on looking at houses now out of state, but that can’t happen because of the pandemic. No problem, we’ll just wait a little.

I love being retired. I do what I want everyday. I love the freedom, something I never had when I was working. My husband and I go out for lunches and do whatever we want. We have lots of fun and no stress.

Its important for you to figure out your retirement plan, Tango. I’m not sure you’re in the US, so I don’t know how retirement works where you are but thats the most important thing to do in your 60’s. Do you want to continue working? Maybe just part time? Thats what a lot of people do. Me? I just want to play. I worked for 50 years, now I’m a lazy girl hanging out in my garden listening to the birds. My husband has his classic car and loves to go to car shows. Life is good.

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Tango, how was your Saturn Return? angelangelsmile

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Ha, tough question, AH! 😀

I’m trying to decide between “challenging” or “brutal”… 😀

In any case, hopefully I’ve “passed the tests”, learned the lessons, and all that jazz!!

Lord know I “did the work”, did my best, gave it my all.

I guess the next few years will tell!

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It’s not your fault. Some people have charts where it makes the Saturn Return tough for them. wink

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Congratulations!

I have decades before I get there, but the only thing I have on my list is to be able to confidently say that I’ve loved and lived everyday like it’s my last day on Earth. Ambitious, maybe, but the alternative sucks.

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CrisLondon said

Shame the pandemic’s interrupted your celebrations. May you carry on celebrating when it’s over.

Cris, you made me realize that’s exactly what I need to do!

I gave the matter a lot of thought since you said this, and realized there was no point “pushing the river”. I’m going to call it a wrap for now, and resume when the circumstances are more favorable.

After all, 60 is just a number. I can just as well celebrate 62 or whatever whenever! Thanks for having put that thought in my mind!

And have fun dreaming, planning and anticipating your 50 and 60!

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Hades Moon said
I’m hoping/planning for my senior years to be my best. May yours be the best too! 🥳 

Thanks HM!

I’m actively doing all I can to ensure they are as good as can be!

One thing I have learned with my 2nd Saturn Return is to focus on “controlling the controllables”.

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JoFrance said
I saw my 60th birthday as the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

That’s how I feel too, JoFrance. Turning 50 did not feel that way. 60 does. Must be the 2nd Saturn Return influence? I wasn’t quite there yet at 50.

I love being retired.

I love hearing stories of people who are blessed with a good retirement! Thanks for sharing yours! I am happy for you and your husband!

Its important for you to figure out your retirement plan, Tango. I’m not sure you’re in the US, so I don’t know how retirement works where you are but thats the most important thing to do in your 60’s. Do you want to continue working? Maybe just part time?

I’m in Canada. I will have a “pension” coming in a few years, should I choose to retire. But it is not much. I lost pretty much everything in the past decade – all my assets, all my savings, retirement and otherwise.

So retirement is not in the cards for me. I will pretty much have to continue working until I am unable to or I croak, whichever comes first. I have accepted that.

I am building this next chapter of my life accordingly.

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…the only thing I have on my list is to be able to confidently say that I’ve loved and lived everyday like it’s my last day on Earth.

Laudable item indeed! I betcha you will nail it!

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If you didn’t lose your house — that is, if you own a house or condo — you could sell it when prices are as high as possible and buy a small duplex instead. One unit for you, the other for rental income to supplement that pension.

You really are as young as you feel. Working indefinitely will at least keep your body and mind active and resilient. That’s big.

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I did lose my house.

However, I do still have my physical health, and my mental health is better, and I am mindful and grateful of these two non-financial assets. So many people are not as lucky. 

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During this time, 59-60ish, you have a once in a lifetime set of aspects: Jupiter and Saturn return. That seems kinda cool.

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