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What Are You Looking Forward to in 2018?

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We asked members of the Get Old community what they’re looking forward to in 2018. Here’s what some had to say.

 

Allison Constantino, 69
Winter Springs, Florida

I’m an avid 10-mile-a-day bicyclist, artist and nature lover. In 2018 I’m looking forward to spending more time on my bike rides, having new adventures and exploring new places. I’m also planning to set aside more non-negotiable time to spend just on painting. And I love taking quick trips that get me out of town without having to take a plane. One of the places I love is Mount Dora, a quaint Florida town only 45 minutes from my doorstep. My husband and I love walking around that city.

Joes Selmeier, 66
Cincinnati, Ohio

The last five years of my deteriorating marriage were so stressful that my health had been in a steep decline. In addition, my social circle left with my wife and I had no one to talk to. In response, I became the organizer of a Meetup group for singles over 50. We play pickleball together, have board game nights, meet for happy hour, go bowling and meet for disco night at a club that's filled up with people our age—because that’s who remembers disco. I’m still not as good at being single as I was before I got married, but I’m a lot better than I was three years ago, and I get a little better every month. That makes 2018 the first year I’ve looked forward to in a very long time.  

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, 52
Syracuse, New York

I became an empty nester in August. As I said goodbye to my youngest son, he said, ‘Mom, you’ve done so much for us, it’s your time to do all the things you want to do for yourself.’ I hugged him and felt I had the okay to put all my personal dreams back on the table.  

These past four months I have accepted more personal and business invitations, including events focused on women’s rights, women’s suffrage, and women in business. I’d always turned down invitations to follow my passion if my sons were at home. One of my sons actually joined me at the Centennial of New York State Women’s Suffrage Celebration recently and, in that moment I realized how my world can open up, and that moving forward I can fit my sons into my life while pursuing my feminist passion.

Amy Losak, 61
Teaneck, New Jersey

I think 2018 is going to be a great year for the fulfillment of a passion project I undertook a few years ago to honor the literary legacy of my mother, Sydell Rosenberg. She was a teacher, writer and poet, notably of haiku. While her work was well anthologized over her writing career, her dream to publish a poetry picture book eluded her.  Mom died in 1996 and well over a decade later, I unearthed one of her old haiku manuscripts, made some edits and mailed it off to a number of publishers. In April 2018, a small children’s publisher will release the illustrated H Is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z, based on Mom's poems.

I’m now writing short poems myself and some of them are being published! Mom would be so pleased and surprised, though no one is more surprised than I am. Yes, I think 2018 is going to Mom’s and my “haiku year.”

Alison Wheatley, 57
Vancouver, BC, Canada

In 2018 I’m hoping to spend just two to three hours a day on my business and use my newfound free time to volunteer and support wildlife conservation and humanitarian charities. To prepare for a phenomenal year, I took some in-depth personal development courses. They transformed me, and now I see the possibilities that life offers. I’m enjoying each day more than ever, and I intend to keep savoring the journey as well as the milestones. 

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