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Avoiding the Roadblocks of Aging

My usual walk in the neighborhood this morning provided me with some insights. I was curious and welcomed the opportunity to look at the world differently.

It felt like any other morning, taking pleasure in my day-to-day familiar path in the neighborhood. What made it different on this daybreak was my awareness of change in the air. The trees lining up on the roadway were filled with rich green leaves, an outbreak of a new Spring season. I noticed how the breeze easily swirled, reshaping a new day, a new beginning.


As I approached my residential corner, I was met with bright yellow caution tape swathed around stakes to barricade my normal walkway. Road construction is normal this time of year but I was taken back by how much caution tape there was and it was blocking most of the road.

I was at a turning point on this roadway deciding which direction to move forward. I guess it would be easy to turn around and chalk it up to a frustrating journey or take issue with it and find a way to continue. I realized that this portage trail is aligning with my life’s journey. My life is taking a new season as I am moving nearer my 60th birthday soon.

My life’s second stanza, the years after sixty rhymes with this morning trek being open to change, finding a new passageway, continuing my stroll this crisp morning with appreciation. This awareness makes me believe that today I can look at arriving at 60 years old as a start of a new season, to move forward effortlessly, as a new light that simply requires to keep going with an abundant gratitude list, enjoying a new season.

Life has its ups and downs. I decide to move forward with enthusiasm. I realize that throughout my life there has been roadblocks around each corner in every stage in growing and I survived nicely. So why should this be any different? As the leaves change and I transition in my life, we are both witnessing a breakthrough of a new season. A new beginning.

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Ann Karkoski

I am celebrating midlife by discovering a deeper insight of who I am since turning 50, I've become a massage therapist, uncovering a love for teaching workshops, a certified life coach, hospice work and blogging, tweeting my way through social media. I take pleasure sharing my story, my insights, and my blessing with my readers as we age gracefully together.

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Sharon Richardson

Wednesday 13th of August 2014

Dear Little Sister ANN, you truly are an inspiration not only to me, but to the whole family. The words you blogged are thoughtful, insightful as you enter a new season of life. Very well stated "life's second stanza". Life is a journey with ups and downs on those hills, or sometimes ...... they feel like tall mountains to climb. As I have watched you grow throughout the years your sense of knowledge and wisdom has increased steadily -- I am so proud of you. I am just thinking your Children and Grandchildren will refer to you as a 'blessed mother' with much love. Sending a big hug and special blessings from above with the good Lord watching over you. love, Big Sister Sharon

Sherry Kushibab

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Yep, we are turning 60 - seems like only yesterday we were celebrating 50 together, donning Red hats for a while, crashing the City Museum to do some climbing and has surely passed quickly. Like you I am embracing this new stage in my life, I'm pretty sure I won't feel much different when I wake up on my birthday next week, there will still be laundry to do, dinners to cook, cards to be created......maybe a little slower than I would like at times, but God is good and I am enjoying life. Enjoy your journey, I remember your soft, kind nature and the smile you so often wore, sweet Ann, Hugs to you.

Helen Gennari

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Ann, I enjoyed your comments and just want to offer my "celebration" of your reaching this special landmark in your growth process. Your are entering your "wisdom" years--so worthy of celebrating, and you bring a beautiful spirit into this energy field. I wish you the best!!

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