Retirement Yenta has returned from a holiday of fun in the sun, surf, and sands of Miami Beach. Not only was it relaxing, but your dear Yenta has built up a base tan that will hopefully keep her from looking like a fish belly come February. During this time in the sun, RY had the opportunity to enjoy some QT (quality time) with her kidlets. That is always a joy for this Yenta. Your dear Yenta also had reflection time to herself and all this kidlet time mixed with reflection time has given this Yenta an idea…some sage advice for we, the pre-retirement population.
Don’t wish for youth. First of all, why would anyone want to deal with the trials and tribulations of puberty, hormones, college applications, friends trying to race to the top of the social pack, while still trying to figure out who they want to be as a person? Life as a teen is tough. It’s an emotional roller coaster. (Psst…the real secret is what we as adults already know…it gets better, and on the long run, it is not as important as we thought it was going to be in the moment.
Your dear Yenta suggests you be happy with the age you have attained. It is an accomplishment. Think of all you have learned and enjoyed along the way! Your wise Yenta knows that life gets better with each passing year, and while there may be some difficulties to encounter, they make us better people. Without our past trials, we would not be the people we are today…and reliving our youth…well, why suffer that again? (oy! boys! Will they call? What if they don’t? Shriek!)
Instead, your dear Yenta wants to recommend you take a youthful approach to the life you have worked so hard to create. Take time each day to play. Enjoy the sun, a good book..or even have a little fun just acting silly around your house! Dance when no one is looking…dance when they are…sing the song on the radio while at the checkout…even if you can’t carry a tune. Skip down the block. Do what makes you happiest and don’t worry about the boys (or girls) and whAt they think. We get this life once and we should have fun on the journey.