A moment of celebration! Muddling through Middle Age just hit the century mark! This is my 100th blog, my 100th “light lament” for women (and men) of a certain age.
And since it’s my party (or at least my blog), I’d like to pause, not cry as Leslie Gore did in her hit 1963 song “It’s My Party,” for a moment of reflection.
Five years ago, Handsome Hubby and I moved from Washington D.C., the land of pinstripe suits, to let-it-all-hang-out Berkeley, Ca.
For HH, the move was a logical career step. He’s in the renewable energy field and many of his clients are West Coast-based. For me, the move was a big question mark. A former journalist, I made my living telling other people’s stories, reporting on deadline, rushing here and there. With this move, I decided I wanted something different. I wanted to fulfill a long-held dream to write my own stories at my own pace AND to write uplifting fun stories with humor. I’d had enough “if it bleeds, it leads” newsroom pressure to last a lifetime!
My “Baby” is Born
And so, Muddling through Middle Age was born. At least the Muddling idea. That was the easy part. But from idea to learning to honor my own self-imposed deadlines and “creativity,” plus understanding how to develop and market a website/blog — those were challenging tasks. And I could not have accomplished them without the help of smart, funny Handsome Hubby, my behind-the-scenes Techno Wizard, and my nurturing, rigorous editor Jane Anne Staw.
Even with help, it is not easy re-inventing yourself at 60+, but it is fun.
And here I am, 100 posts later, a new me! It goes to show you. You can teach a Baby Boomer new tricks.
So, to all you middle-age muddlers dreaming of change, I say go for it!
And when (and please notice I’m not saying if) you do it, I’ll be there for you. Ready to cheer you on. Ready to wish you whatever equivalent of Happy 100th celebration is in order as you succeed!
A Perfect Role Model
If you need inspiration, consider my mother, Dorothy Galatz. Married when she was a senior in high school, she raised four children, helped run my father’s electrical contracting business, and kept an immaculate home filled with music, books, laughter, and delicious food. When my father died, she was 69-years-old. My mother went back to school. She earned her GED and planned to go to college and become a paralegal. Health problems intervened derailing those professional goals but didn’t stop her entirely. She became a volunteer extraordinaire, leading an organization that aided the mentally challenged. My mother forged new friendships and taught me how to become at least half a good a parent as she was!
Tomorrow marks the 18th year of her passing. In the Jewish religion we say, “May the memory of this righteous one be a blessing.” Her memory is just that.
Now, onward. Enough reflection. See you next week with more middle-aged muddles, light laments, and arthritic adventures! Have a great week. Laugh – and muddle – on!
The first 45-record I bought was Leslie Gore’s “Wonder Boy.” What was your first song or album purchase? Care to share?
https://muddling.me/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/100-cake-.jpg433650Karen Galatzhttps://muddling.me/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/new-logo3.jpgKaren Galatz2019-02-27 08:01:352019-02-26 09:13:11Happy 100th (Blog) to Muddling Me