Hello Scotmama, I have been scrolling down through my Special Folder , "Sparks Considered". This is where I save Forum topics that catch my eye and which I save to re-read later, think about and perhaps reply too ! Your topic November Chat intrigued me, especially your words .. " Retired Seniors,for all their numbers, are just not a chatty group of people..." I don't know,but speaking for myself,rather than 'generalizing' I think it not so much "not chatty" as treating life,for want of a better word,with a certain caution or reserve. Growing older, I find that I tend to be careful about what I talk,and who I talk too. I guess even on Spark People, I like to read the Forum Topics follow the threads and when something catches my eye or hits a chord, turn to the writer/speakers page and learn a little about
that person, before I launch into a 'tirade' of my own. Often we have to, the fact that we have experiences of having been full on Caregivers for our wife/husband/partner or we may have experienced the passing of same, and often while wanting to talk or share or seek advice from those already in the know, we are loath to appear to be forever "moaning"
...again, for want of a better word, when in fact we are probably only seeking a little reassurance and the company of those we know "have been there,done that". Anyway, that's my November Chat piece ... Tomorrow is the 1st December ... and so
I am going to think out a highly original new topic!?
Hilary . Dunedin. South Island . NZ.
Every day when fully lived- is a grand succession of experiences both pleasant and unpleasant - for life is made up of both- and without the one the other would not be recognized or appreciated.
I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I had just been myself.
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