• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

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    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
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  • Fifty-Five is …

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If Not Now …

One of the joys of being 55 is I can give myself permission to do all the things I know I “shouldn’t” do. It no longer matters what others think of me. I can be silly, outrageous and unconventional (although, come to think of it, I’ve been pretty unconventional most of my life). After years of trying to toe the line on many things, it does take practice to let loose and have fun.

All my summers as a child were spent at a cottage on Lake Erie. Once in a while, as a treat, we’d go to the neighbouring town of Port Dover for a foot-long hotdog, french fries and Golden Glow at The Arbor. How do I explain this to you, dear readers, who have never had that experience?

Imagine a hot summer day with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach at the end of the street. People meandering about in bathing suits, savouring ice cream cones dripping with flavour. And on the corner of the busiest intersection, there’s a long building where you line up to order your hot dogs through open windows.

The Arbor, Port Dover

The aroma of crispy french fries floats through the air. All the condiments are laid out on the counter in front of you. And you gather with your family on the grass, under the shade of an enormous tree, at the edge of the parking lot to enjoy your meal. Then you go back to the window to order a twirl – a soft ice cream that can be vanilla, chocolate or combination of the two. For extra measure, you can have the ice cream dipped in a hard chocolate coating. Yum!

Sure, it’s fast food. And I know it’s not healthy. And at my age, it goes straight to the roll around my belly. But every time I walk past, I’m transported back to childhood and it’s sooooooooooo hard to resist.

So, this weekend, when we go to Port Dover, I’m indulging.

After all, as one of my Fundamentals for Fun states: If not now, when?

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  1. I adore how the simple joys in life bring us back to simple times and fond memories.

  2. It’s a good reminder of how we can enjoy those simple times here and now, isn’t it? Once we grow up, and leave childhood behind, we tend to forget!


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  • Julie Wise is …

    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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