• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

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    2. Say yes to opportunities

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    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

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A Sense of Adventure

I’ve always been a bit adventurous. At 15, I went to Rome on a high school trip (what I remember most is the delicious ice cream … and seeing a bidet for the first time). When I was 19, I headed to Colombia for the summer to improve my Spanish (and lived in a Franciscan monastery – yes, with the monks!) My 21st birthday was spent in Spain where I was living for six months as part of my university degree (I was studying in Geneva, Switzerland at the time).

I also worked in a remote village in Argentina for a few months, and flew to Chile … for the weekend!

I love to travel, usually alone.

In 2008, I decided to explore Ireland for 3 months. I took money from my retirement savings, planned a general itinerary and off I went. Looking back, a comment from the female immigration officer at Heathrow Airport in London, England may have been the catalyst for this eventual blog.

Without looking up from my passport, she asked how long I planned to stay in Ireland.

“Three months.”

“Do you know someone there?”


“Are you travelling with someone?”

“No, I’m on my own.”

She glanced up at me

“For three months?”

“Yes,” I smiled.

She checked the birthdate on my passport. With a worried look, she asked, “Do your children know where you are?”

I nearly burst out laughing, but kept a straight face and explained that my children did, indeed, know where I was (and were, in fact, envious!) And I had left a detailed itinerary with friends. For a moment, I thought she wasn’t going to let me board the plane to Dublin, given my “advanced” age (I was nearly 52). However, with a sigh and a raised eyebrow, she let me through. Clearly she wouldn’t have allowed her mother to do something so outrageous.

I guess that’s what I love about travelling – you get to be as spunky, spontaneous and unconventional as you want (and no one you know will ever be the wiser!)

Here's to spunky seniors!

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  1. Shelley

     /  November 12, 2011

    Yes, spunky and “a bit adventurous” seem to be understatements for some of your life journeys. And, in reflection, you have harvested the learning and woven them into your life wisely and well, creating a most beautiful and fascinating coat of many colors to shine out into the world. Your adventurous Spirit has served you very well! Journey on! xoS


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    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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