Interviews & Guest Posts Over 50s Lifestyle

Discovering Your Passion After 60

September 13, 2016
Discovering your passion after 60

As I get closer to 60 it is great to know that life still gets better!  My guest writer this week is Molly Stevens, from Shallow Reflections.  I met Molly through a blogging group and just love her approach to life.

Her writing is humorous, entertaining and always brings a smile or makes me laugh.  We need more writers like this – someone who makes you smile and laugh at life and gives you a lift on a ‘down’ day.

Molly has a fabulous and motivating outlook for those who are approaching 60 or have passed this wonderful milestone.  I know you will enjoy reading her work and encourage you to follow her through her website and social media (details are listed at the end of her post).

In her post, Molly writes how she found her passion through writing and how it is never too late to discover your passion in life.

Women over 60 are vital and active

Molly writes…….

I feel hypocritical writing a guest post for a blog entitled, “Sizzling Toward 60.” I just attended my 45th high school reunion last month, 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 inevitable involve a fizzling action?  I’m living proof that indeed it does not.

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

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.

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: 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. I’ve met a lot of other writers online by joining and participating in Facebook groups. I attended the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop in Dayton, Ohio in 2016, and met many of my online friends in person, while meeting new ones.

I submitted an essay to the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Competition and it made the final round. It was called: Deep cleaning, is that even a thing?

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 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?

Meet Molly

Molly

Molly Stevens arrived late to the writing desk, but is forever grateful her second act took this direction instead of adult tricycle racing or hoarding cats. She was raised on a potato farm in northern Maine, where she wore a snowsuit over both her Halloween costume and her Easter dress.

She blogs at http://www.shallowreflections.com where she skims over important topics, like her love affair with white potatoes and why she saves user manuals.  No one knows for sure if her ideas result from eating too many carbs, or childhood exposure to herbicides in the well water.

She has ‘practiced’ professional nursing for *mumble,mumble* years, and someday hopes to be competent or retired, whichever comes first. Her husband, is watching for early signs of dementia, and will have her put in a home when she shows an enthusiasm for camping.

Follow Molly

Website:   http://www.shallowreflections.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shallowreflections/
Twitter:     https://twitter.com/ShallRef
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mstevens1953/shallow-reflections/
Stumbleupon: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/mms53
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MollyStevensPerham/posts

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

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26 Comments

  • Reply Molly Stevens September 13, 2016 at 21:04

    Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to guest post, Sue. I love your blog and I feel honored to write for Midlife Matters. I’m going to keep pretending that I’m actually at ‘midlife.’ My math skills are a little rusty anyway so doubling my age is getting into triple digits and that is too baffling for me to multiply without a calculator. Anyway, you will thrive after sixty my friend as you know the truth: life gets better. XO

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2016 at 09:02

      It was my pleasure Molly! You have such a great writing style with wit and humuour which I have to admit I’m a little envious of! Yes next year is the big 60 although I’m not concerned. I’m excited as life does seem to get better. Hope to have you write again and thanks for your perspective.

  • Reply Roxanne Jones September 13, 2016 at 22:04

    I’m always interested in what brings people to (or back to) their passion when mere mortals are about ready to retire. I would agree, Molly, that people don’t expect too much of us “at this age,” so why not pursue what makes us happy–and makes us laugh? You’re good at both!

    • Reply Molly Stevens September 14, 2016 at 08:32

      Thank you my friend! We’ve had some good laughs together and I look forward to many more as we do this aging thing together.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2016 at 10:52

      Yes I love Molly’s attitude Roxanne and she always brings a smile to my face.

  • Reply Leanne September 13, 2016 at 23:28

    Molly I didn’t realize you were SO OLD (tongue firmly in cheek) I honestly had you pegged at 45! It’s nice to have someone leading the way with panache into the next decade. I think life is just getting better and better so I’m happy to fizzle, sizzle, drizzle and twizzle my way into my 60’s 🙂

    • Reply Molly Stevens September 14, 2016 at 08:33

      In my mind I’m 45, Leanne. I remember my mother telling me as she aged that she always felt young inside and would look in the mirror and say, “who is that old woman?” I’m getting there too! I’m glad you’ll still hang out with me even after my ‘age reveal.’

      • Reply Jennifer September 14, 2016 at 20:55

        My parents were in their 40’s when they had me, so in my young mind, old was always 10 years older than they were. So old age has been a fluid number for me. My mother is currently 97, so according to my math, Molly picked up writing at a nice young age!

  • Reply Laurie Stone September 14, 2016 at 02:44

    Sue, Thank you for sharing Molly’s beautiful, uplifting words. As someone who is careening more than sizzling toward 60 (birthday next week), I love anything that makes me feel good. As long as health is there (or mostly there), what else can we do but celebrate this wonderful life we’re given? Thank you for this great reminder.

    • Reply Molly Stevens September 14, 2016 at 08:34

      I totally agree, Laurie. I treasure my health and remember the big picture when I complain about the ‘little’ things. Happy birthday to you and welcome to the decade of the 60’s!

  • Reply Silly Mummy September 14, 2016 at 07:33

    I love Molly’s writing & am so pleased she started blogging. Also love this message about life over 60. On an almost entirely irrelevant note, we never had the Dick & Jane books in school in the UK (I don’t think, anyway – maybe we did and it just wasn’t my generation), & every time I hear them mentioned in a US context, I giggle. Those books could not sound more like an innuendo. I think if my kids came home from school talking about ‘fun with Dick & Jane’, I’d be looking for a new school! 😀

    • Reply Molly Stevens September 14, 2016 at 08:36

      Hahaha! Leave it to you Silly Mummy to make me laugh about my childhood school books. I don’t know when they went out of favor but I’m sure you are too young to be exposed to such risqué youth literature. Thank you for the support my friend.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2016 at 10:54

      Yes I wondered about Dick & Jane – the same as you LOL:) We had David, Sue and Wendy so when my sister was born, my brother David wanted Mum and Dad to call her Wendy so we would have our own David, Sue and Wendy!

      • Reply Jennifer September 14, 2016 at 21:16

        I loved the Dick and Jane books. We all laugh about it now as adults because the main characters were Dick, Jane, Sally and a dog named Spot. Makeup your own joke now.

        • Reply Vicki September 15, 2016 at 07:03

          I to remember these books but it was Dick and Dora. They had a dog named Nip and a cat named Fluff. I still have some of these books and read them to my kids when they were little. Great memories of my childhood. Like Molly I have been nursing for 30 something years and have seen a lot of change in that time. I am looking to fulfil my passion in design and have been back studying and enjoying it. Keeps you young I think. I !ove your blog Molly and Sue. Keeps me inspired to keep pushing forward and that we are capable of anything at any age (mostly anyway) Thank you both so much.

          • Sue Loncaric September 16, 2016 at 15:50

            Hi Vicki thank you so much for your lovely words. It is great to get feedback about the blog and you sound like you are going to enjoy the next phase of your life with study and doing something creative like design. Enjoy and hope to hear from you again.

  • Reply Lee Gaitan September 14, 2016 at 09:34

    Molly, there is nothing but sizzle in you, girl! What a great,uplifting post with a wonderful dose of your humor thrown in. Love it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2016 at 10:55

      So true I thought she was much younger Lee – see age has no relevance!

      • Reply Molly Stevens September 15, 2016 at 10:40

        Yes, and you and Lee will always be younger than me. But we can still be friends, right?

        • Reply Sue Loncaric September 16, 2016 at 15:56

          Of course!!! I believe friendships can span any age – I have friends in most age groups and it keeps my life interesting that is for sure.

  • Reply Jennifer September 14, 2016 at 21:17

    Sue, thanks for sharing Molly with us. Molly, you make me laugh!

  • Reply Jan Wild September 15, 2016 at 13:40

    Great post and as one who has sizzled way past 60 I can assure all you younguns that life just gets better and better. The sense of freedom is what has allowed me to pursue my passions in a way I was not able to do when younger due to lack of confidence and of course the limitations of a corporate career.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 16, 2016 at 15:51

      Hi Jan! Yes I’m the big 60 next year but I still feel like life is getting better with each year. The sense of freedom is great and being able to follow our passions with more time if what I’m looking forward to.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle September 17, 2016 at 18:33

    Thanks Sue, I am feeling right at home here with these bloggers who have already sizzled past the 60 mark. This is the first time I have met Molly and I have thoroughly enjoyed her writing. I hope we meet again. I saw an 82 year old man on TV who had a very social and lively life. He said, I am thankful that I made it through old age and now I am having a wonderful time.
    Thanks ladies,
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 17, 2016 at 20:38

      Hi Kathleen, yes Molly is a very talented writer, as I believe humour is very difficult. I’m 60 next year so have had to add ‘& beyond’ to my Sizzling Towards 60 but that doesn’t mean we stop at 60 does it Kathleen!

  • Reply Discovering your passion after 60 | Shallow Reflections November 2, 2016 at 18:01

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