I turned 60 on the 29th of March. I had planned to make it a big celebration with my husband, daughter and son-in-law and a few hundred others all attending this big Great Gatsby party at a gorgeous mansion in Asheville. I had my flapper dress and fake pearls and bright red lipstick. I had also planned a bit of self-reflection. After all, it’s a big decade-changer.
Well, then the Coronavirus happened and that big, fancy celebration is postponed until fall when everyone hopes life is somewhat back to normal. My daughter is an Emergency Room nurse, so she is not going to even visit me that weekend, in fears that she’ll infect me now that I am at the advanced age of 60.
When she first mentioned this, I protested that I wasn’t in the high-risk population (this was still when they thought only old people were getting the virus).
“You will be in two weeks,” she told me flatly.
NOT how I wanted to spend my big birthday. But you know what? I got some unexpectedly sweet gifts on my birthday and they may never have happened without this quarantine.
Have you ever noticed that some people just naturally seem better able to love?
I’m not talking about sociopaths here, just the people who don’t have a knack for love.
Is it just the way some people are wired?
There has been some interesting science about what love does to the brain. When you love, you get a rush of endorphins and the whole rush can act like an opioid and get you a little hooked. A little love makes you want a lot of love. So maybe taking that first leap is the first leap to a lifetime of love.
Dr. Doree Lynn knows that relationships, intimacy and the whole sex thing can be intimidating when you start over as an older person. But, fear not! Dr. Doree is a psychotherapist who calls herself a media sex-pert and she’s all about ridding us of the notion that good sex ends when youth does. Sex and intimacy are still very much in the picture, no matter how old you are.
Sheri Salata. You may have heard her name as the executive producer for Oprah Winfrey, but Sheri has moved on to new adventures. She’s got a new book – The Beautiful No – what a great name! – and she shares her insights in what she calls part midlife rallying cry and part cautionary tale. Sheri Salata, on Keep it Juicy!
You might remember Honey from Episode 6 when she talked about what she learned about widowhood. Now, Honey talks her new project – a legacy book for grandparents to leave behind – and about her new network that encourages friendships of all ages. You can stay younger when your friends aren’t all exactly like you!