The Older Sister / A New Challenge | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


This older sister is getting older all the time and in six months, I’ll be a big number older. 60! How in the world did that happen?

I can honestly say that I don’t feel 60 or at least what I thought 60 would feel like. I am still moving just fine. I don’t have any health problems unless you want to count some tendonitis and a little arthritis. They don’t really slow me down, so I don’t count them.

I’ve been trying to step out of my box, so to speak and do some things this year before I turn 60 that are new and different. So far, so good. I’ve had one of my pictures chosen to be on the big screen at the SkyDeck in Chicago. I won a red ribbon (2nd place) at the fair in photography. I’m hoping to upgrade that to a blue ribbon next month. I came in 2nd place for my age group in my last 5k. Get the idea?

Right now, I am building up my stamina with walking and cardio/strength training for a challenge that I have planned for later this summer. Several friends and I are going to do the 3 Dune Challenge at the Indiana Dunes State Park. The park is just a few short miles from my house. I go out there as often as possible to walk the beach collecting beach glass. Dick and I were just there yesterday morning. But, an adventure like this is something totally different. This is going to be major work.

I put this idea out on my Facebook page this past week and so many friends said they want to do it with me. My amazing friend Nicki (I’ve written about her here and here) said I can do it. She totally believes in me even when I doubt myself. She said she would walk it with me and she is an avid runner. Nicki actually ran this trail on opening day and loved it. She sent me these pictures from her run. It scares me a bit, I must confess.

Scared or not, I am going to do this. This year is all about challenging myself and doing things I haven’t done before or improving on things I’ve done before.

I am so blessed to have the life I have and to be here enjoying it. I have lost far too many people, too young be gone in the last 18 months. I do this for them because I know many of them would be doing the same thing. They’d be pushing themselves and trying new things and enjoying everything life had to offer them.

That is exactly what I am going to do with the last six months of being 59. When I turn 60, I am going to be happy and proud of all the things I will have accomplished this year because I will have worked hard and had a blast doing it.

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