Many people under 50 are putting people over 60 in a different category.
I don’t understand why? Because looking around one sees many vibrant, busy, contributing elders around. Some of them are far beyond retirement age of 65, but are still out there making a difference to the world.
Recently I had a chance to change someone’s mind about who we are. It was at the Bottomless Closet where we help women with proper clothes for an upcoming interview. I was helping Sheila, who is in her 40s and is applying for a retail position.
When we were done, I showed her a pretty, glittering top and asked,
“How do you like this?”
“I love it, but it’s not work appropriated, is it?”
“No! But you won’t only work, you can wear this when you go out.”
“You mean when I hang out with my friends in a bar, or restaurant?” and then looking at me a little closer asked,
“Do you still hang out?”
“Of course I do. What makes you think I don’t?” Hesitantly she answered,
“You are retired, right? I just thought ……. retired people don’t do those things anymore!” (I think she meant older but not wanting to hurt my feelings choose to say retired).
“We do – and many other things that would surprise you.”
When she left, hugging me she said, “Thanks for your help and the pretty top —– maybe I see you when I hang out next time?”
Was she telling me she saw retired people differently now?
And never forget – A Smile Changes Everything