Posts filed under ‘Opinion’

So, where is my Saga Magazine?

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I apologise in advance but it is time for a daft blog. So, my forties are behind me. Unless I start aging backwards I have entered that new phase, my fifties. Even if I wanted to age backwards I don’t see that happening anytime soon so forwards I will go. So, what does one expect from their fifties? I had a think and a wee google and have come up with the following ‘facts’ and my opinions on the same:-

  • A recent article in the Guardian quoted Emma Soames, Saga magazine editor. She stated that 50 is the new 34. Her opinion, naturally enough, was that the glamour and vibrancy of fifty-somethings today made them look and feel younger. I like the sound of that but assume that this opinion was formed with sensible diet and exercise routines. If this is the case then I suppose I will have to give up crisps, dust the treadmill and get working.
  • The above article had an introduction I didn’t like quite so much and I quote – “As birthdays go, 50 used to smack of cardigans, nasty coughs and golfing carts. If 40 was the end of youth, “the big five-oh” was the dreaded number that ushered in the twilight years of cruise ships and varifocals.” I’m sorry but my cardigans are trendy, I want to go on a cruise and I do have varifocals – how else can I knit and watch Lark Rise to Candleford at the same time? Hmph:)
  • There are websites stating emphatically that 50 is the new 40! Hoot! I checked a few out so that you don’t have to bother with it. Believe me, you ain’t missing much there, unless of course you want to find out about skincare during the menopause? Oh, meh, meh and meh again. What twaddle and humbug you can find on t’internet.

As I read through the reams of nonsense I can find about being fifty, I wonder where this urge to be the new 34 or 40 has come from. Is it because we came from the baby boomer generation?  Growing up in the fifties and sixties when the world changed so much set new expectations for the young people involved in that change. There were affluent times and the world seemed smaller with travel and new experiences becoming the norm. I do think it was the start of the ‘entitlement’ age, where many expected their lives to be full of wonder because they wanted it to be, they deserved it. It may be charming, it may be naive, it may be downright foolish to expect so much from life. However, it did make people explore and cross boundaries as they felt there were no barriers. That is a wonderful attitude to life. The flip-side is when all the wild plans don’t come off and disappointment and bitterness follows.

Could this baby-boomer mindset lead to a denial of age? Are the baby-boomers scared that that middle-age and beyond is a place they don’t belong? I don’t worry about my age, it is only a number. I don’t feel and think much differently from 20-plus years ago and am sure that most of us feel the same way. However, this doesn’t make me want to hide my age, what would be the point.

My conclusion? Age is nothing, it is the person you are that counts. I would like to see everyone enjoying their age, whatever age that is. Think outward, not inward. Worrying about aging is like worrying about the world spinning, the alternative isn’t so pleasant. Enjoy life, ignore numbers:)

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

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January 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm 1 comment

Milestones?

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Life is full of milestones. People, me included, tend to measure their lives by these milestones. Birthdays, anniversaries of significant events, are celebrated or mourned in equal measure. I am hitting a large milestone this year, I leave my forties behind and enter my fifties. Age doesn’t bother me, it never has. Although I have one confession. There was one age that rather rattled me, 42. I know it seems an odd age to get a little freaked by. I can only say that the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe is to blame. It stated emphatically that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. My dotty mind interpreted that as 42 is the age when you should be a ‘proper’ grown-up. Nasty, who wants to be a proper grown-up? Not me for sure:)

I know you cannot halt the ageing process even if you choose the road of injections and surgery, one road I will not take. This doesn’t mean I will age gracefully, there is no chance of that. I will continue on my bonkers way through life, it has served me well so far. However, reaching this milestone has allowed me to pause and ponder. What do I want in my world? I will share a few of my wishes with you. It may be my age turning me into a grumpy old woman but these are important to me:-

  • Respect, a small word with big meaning. Why don’t we show more respect for others? I believe you should treat others as you wish to be treated and know so many others who feel the same. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if there was less focus on making others see one viewpoint?
  • Peace. I know this one is to much to ask but this is my list and I will continue to wish for a peaceful world, even if it does make me think of Miss Congeniality.
  • Laughter. I know life can be tough a lot of the time. I would never diminish the difficulties that some face. However, when there is a chance to laugh then take it, it lightens the load.
  • Little things. Little words and actions stay with people. It is the small kindnesses and small slights that folk will remember. Why not make your world full of small kindnesses. I have been truly touched this week by those who were kind to me as I hit the ‘big’ birthday. All the messages and gifts have made me smile.
  • Know yourself. This is a hard one! We all want to think well of ourselves while conversely blaming ourselves for many things. I try to know who I am and be content with what I find. I hope I am not too generous about my good points. I hope I am not too hard on myself for my flaws but I will always try to understand what drives me. I don’t think any of us will ever be the ‘finished article’ we want to be but as long as we keep striving we will do our best.
  • Everyone should eat Maltesers!

That will do for now. This could be a very long list but I will save some for another day:)

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

January 28, 2011 at 12:39 am 5 comments

Opinionated?

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I was, as usual, on Twitter this week. Anyone who has read this blog will know that Twitter is my favourite social medium. People chat in their 140 character limit. I am constantly amazed at the amount of humour, sarcasm, fact, kindess and even venom imparted in one tweet. You can of course use various tools to do longer tweets but most people make an effort to stick to the ‘limits’.

I do have accounts on other social networking sites such as Facebook and Linkedin but I always move back to Twitter. I think it is the immediacy that attracts me. Twitter is always scrolling, always moving. You can pop in and out, join conversations as they happen before the mood moves on to another thread, another subject that will make one person laugh and another shriek.

I do follow people who are not ‘backward in coming forward’. Strong opinions are forcibly expressed, sometimes to reinforce a point but sometimes to stir things up. The latter can appear very emotional, blunt, even offensive. If you don’t like strong language then you wouldn’t want to follow all those I follow. It can be tough to see some of the conversations when people you like and admire are caught up in an intense and insulting battle. I have occasionally logged out when it gets too personal; I am obviously a total wuss:)

I hold very strong opinions too but I don’t always share them. For all that I am extremely chatty on Twitter I am reserved and often keep my opinions to myself. This is not because I’m a mouse who considers her opinions worthless, I prefer persuasion to confrontation. There is also the theme of this blog to consider, if you are looking for kindness in others then persuasion is the better way. However, I do wonder if I should change? Should I give it a bit of welly on Twitter? Should I let rip, swear and insult all those around me? Perhaps I will find it liberating and will turn into an ‘in yer face’ old broad? That might be fun, let’s see if I have the chutzpah…..

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

January 22, 2011 at 11:53 am 6 comments


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