My ex-husband used to say that you could put me in a corner with a piece of string and bubblegum and I could amuse myself for hours. I also had a friend who told me that I knew a little bit about most everything, which I assume meant he thought I was the master of none of those things, which was most likely correct. It is not that I am ADD but that I like to have a lot of irons in the fire at the same time.
For the last eight years of my life, I have worked at least three jobs at the same time. I was an online publisher for a magazine that catered to crew in the entertainment industry, a bookkeeper/ general factotum for a writer/producer and an onsite manager for an active senior apartment building.
Before that I managed a building in Beverly Hills (90210, no less), worked as a recruiter and for six months I lived in Guatemala and worked online for a Japanese company doing their bookkeeping, something that they were completely ahead of their time on but which ultimately didn’t work for them because my boss could not get the hang of writing an off-the-cuff email.
My work has pretty much defined my life and who I am. I have had people ask me why I don’t have kids and I remember responding one time to the question with genuine puzzlement, “Well, I guess I kind of forgot to!” When I was young, I thought my life would follow the standard path of marriage, kids and the house with the picket fence, but life has a way of turning us in odd directions and now I am here, wondering what the rest of my life will look like.
And that is part of what this blog is about, discovering how I want to live the last third of my life. This is something that can be scary, depressing and uninspiring or exciting, amazing, humbling and humorous. It depends entirely on attitude. I have learned a lot about aging from my tenants, some bad things and some awesome things and me, I want to choose the awesome.
So, my hope is that you will enjoy the journey with me!