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Turning 60: Desperately Seeking Something

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The last thing I remember, Abbie Hoffman was telling me not to trust anyone over 30. Now, not only am I over 30 -- WAY over -- but all my kids are over 30, too.

So when the big 60th birthday stared me down, I knew I had to do something before I became terminally unhip.

Not that life was bad. Not at all. After an adventurous gypsy decade in the Southwest I was settling into the comfortable role of a babysitting gramma, and providing care for my elderly dad, while continuing to be involved in a number of exciting and creative endeavors.

Still, it seemed like time to mark the new chapter of my story with something, some kind of observance or ritual. I wondered what.

I remembered watching an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which author, scholar and self-described "evocateur," Jean Houston said, at age 75, "I find ... the second half of life to be the most exciting, the most interesting."

Oprah asked, "When did it get good for you?" and Houston replied, "It started to get really good at 60, really good."

Oprah--who, like me, was nearing 60--was delightfully surprised to hear that, and so was I!

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Then my artist-friend and grade school chum, Paula Botwinick, celebrated her 60th birthday by skydiving.

Jumping.

Out. Of. A. Plane.
On purpose.



Paula celebrates 60, skydiving tandem over Fire Island with her instructor by Paula Botwinick, used with permission



Floating once the parachute opened by Paula Botwinick, used with permission

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I saw her video, it was exhilarating and amazing. I admire her so much. She's fit. She does yoga and salsa. But I get butterflies in my stomach when I'm on a garden swing, so I can hardly wrap my mind around jumping out of a plane.

So while I was in complete and total awe of Paula's brave adventure, I knew it wasn't my adventure.

And that's when I got inspired by a wicked-good discount coupon to celebrate with a photo session at Glamour Shots.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 

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Meryl, I always enjoy your articles, especially th... by James Cerveny on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 9:37:47 AM
Thanks for your comment, James! And Happy Birthday... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:22:00 AM
How open of you to share both your goddess energy ... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 11:54:36 AM
Thanks, Robert! On all counts! I read her books so... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 12:19:33 PM
Not yet. Too new as I wait for books to be around ... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 2:53:37 PM
well it's been out a couple of years"I guess we'll... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 4:18:46 PM
Nice article, informative and something I imagine ... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 12:48:17 PM
Thanks so much, Dan, and I LOVE your photo timelin... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 1:16:15 PM
Get your tickets now and it will likely be a good ... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 6:57:28 PM
Merci, je vais pratiquer, je veux m'assurer que je... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 8:22:03 PM
J'ai eu deux ans de l'ecole secondaire et un au co... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 2:13:44 PM
Eh bien vous avez Christine pour vous aider, je va... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 3:36:29 PM
Oui, oui, mon ami!P.S. And for a bonus, all that I... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:10:16 PM
Ah, I remember it well! "Where is the library?"The... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:09:28 AM
I figure a lot of people took this program, as it ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:25:16 AM
Great article, and great idea! :) ... by eesabi on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 3:20:16 PM
Thank you! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 4:19:18 PM
Meryl Ann, I applaud you for being persistent a... by Sarah Anderson on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 3:24:59 PM
Thanks, Sarah! I have to confess, I actually start... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 4:20:50 PM
Thank you. I'm 53 and was with several girlfriends... by Elizabeth Hanson on Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 1:05:55 AM
Thanks, Elizabeth! And I'm always happy to join a ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 7:10:03 AM
Hau'oli Lā Hānau!!!You are ageless, timeless, an... by Cynthia Piano on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:25:22 PM
Thanks so much, Cynthia! 😄 ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 6:01:03 PM
Vous Allez Fille! ... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 5:38:45 PM
Merci! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 6:03:00 PM
This is a very enjoyable article. The photos are b... by Amy Schreiner on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:41:30 PM
Hey girlfriend, beaches and margaritas are perfect... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 11:25:21 PM
Happy belated birthday you glamorous woman!!!!I lo... by Tsara Shelton on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 11:43:14 AM
Thanks so much Tsara! Glad you enjoyed my little a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 3:16:09 PM