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As the smoke clears

As a woman a tiny bit over 60, I can truly say there is one thing that I think about daily. I’m not alone in this thought because my friends of similar age think about it too.

Be patient, it’s worth the wait.

This weekend I’ve watched a movie, a documentary and two television series that had the same common thread. It’s called loneliness.

The world is so big while you’re growing up, and your family is your “home base,” I like to call it. A place to go. A place to eat. A place to sleep. Some get more out of home than others, like guidance, encouragement and self esteem.  Others aren’t as fortunate but gather those things along the way, hopefully.

When you achieve independence, whether going to college, leaving home to be on your own or live with someone else, the real fun begins. That’s when you seem to never have enough time or sleep.

Then, off into another era of either becoming an empty nester or just being more alone. Loneliness doesn’t have to be an option, but as your family moves, passes or chooses to not be a part of your life, you find yourself alone.

On the other hand, some are more fortunate than others and always have family by their side.

Out of the movie, documentary and TV shows, that common thread is to keep connected. Don’t find yourself alone, whether it be friends, family or neighbors. It’s a choice, and sometimes when the smoke clears from your life, it’s not an option to NOT be alone.

 

 

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