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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

What will you do with the rest of your life?

Every now and then I get called to go down and talk on the radio about politics. I think I am supposed to be representing the ordinary person, which would be about right.

Well anyway when I was there this week one of the guys in another area was putting together a show for the noon call-in called "what do you want to do with the rest of your life?"

Since today is my birthday, 57, that seems like a question worth considering.

Don't let anyone kid you. There is so much about being this age that is great, and worth waiting for.

For a start there is a lot that you don't have to worry about any more. My career challenges have been met and I only do what I am interested in now. I am editing, and have edited, all the people in my life who whine over nothing, and kept all the people that make me laugh, are themselves, and let me be myself. And I am making more time for those people too these days.

I am free about worrying over my appearance - if I think I look great that's what matters most, and being pleased with myself because I made it myself, gives me a lot of satisfaction. My husband thinks I am beautiful and he is my number one audience. He also thinks he looks young for his age, same as mine, and I am prepared to go along with that too.

I no longer go to any cocktail parties - where the food is insufficient and the conversations never get beyond the first line - just because it is part of my job, in fact pretty much that's where my life is at these days - doing only the things that matter and I enjoy.

So it's maybe a good thing I wasn't called in to do the noon hour talk show because if I had been asked, I would have said what I want to do with the rest of my life is be with people that matter to me, walk dogs, eat my husband's cooking,

And sew, lot's of sewing.


RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

Happy Birthday, Barbara! This post is spot on. I have been going through this process for about a year now. Needless, to say, it has been painful and scary yet freeing at the same time. It isn't about life being short and making the most of it. It's about living with quality in every aspect and not being a snob about it. Raising MY bar. Not settling because it's comfortable. But this can only be determined by the individual. Silk or polyester? I love them both. Hershey's or Godiva chocolate? Either one is great with me. Dandelions or orchids? I enjoy them both. It's not selfish to decide to do or be what matters most. That's when you become your most authentic self.
Getting off soapbox now. Have a beautifully blessed day!

LisaB said...

Happy birthday! I appreciate the thoughts you've shared. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Happy Birthday Barbara! Enjoy your day!

I would add to your list the ability to do what I want everyday (I don't think I'm as happily employed as you are! :)) Otherwise I totally agree with your list!

a little sewing on the side said...

Happy birthday, Barbara! I love your list- it resonates with me, too. I hope you have a lovely day.

Connie said...

Have a wonderful birthday, Barbara! I hope you get to sew today.

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Eugenia said...

You clearly have your priorities for life in the right order and have found what works for you, that's a very nice place to be. A very happy birthday!

Daisy said...

Your birthday post is so thoughtful and resonates with me. Have a wonderful birthday!

bobbikg said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! This stage of life is great isn't it? Knowing what's important and living it. Enjoy a special day.