A new life at 67.Can a woman start all over again?

I am still struggling with my watercolour painting. After almost a year of weekly classes I don’t see a lot of improvement in my work,and I still seem to make the same silly mistakes. With watercolour it is difficult to amend them once the paint is on the paper and I don’t want to cheat and use white goache. So I thought I would go on a painting holiday where I could paint without interruption ,and have tuition too, once the weather improved.

So I contacted a very helpful lady at creArtive,Rhodes explaining what I wanted and that when considering different groups I fitted into what I think is known as a senior citizen, but my eyesight still enables me to paint and my hand doesn’t shake. I felt almost ashamed to admit that I wasn’t young any more, even though my generation of war babies had done more than many to alter the course of the world. But then I thought of the Rolling Stones and said what the hell.

Somehow the names given to people having reached the age of 55 seem to me discriminating, and does nothing to make us feel better on having reached retirement age in the first place. OLDIES, PENSIONERS even WRINKLIES. !!

Why can’t we introduce a more acceptable name for the old hippies, 68ers and war veterans.

I would suggest,


“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.

But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”

Winston Churchill 1874-1965


Comments on: "The end of a bad name" (6)

  1. feistysideoffifty said:

    I wholeheartedly agree! We need some entirely new names for boomers as we grow older. None of the old ones work because we’re continuing our generation’s rebellious ways and are radically revolutionizing the aging process.

    Ain’t we amazing? I cast my vote for “seenagers!”

  2. That is brilliant! Keep it, copy write it, sell it!

    But first check “google”.

    62 results…… hm…… well, against the 72’600’000 that a ‘senior’ search comes up with I guess that can still be called a newbie.

    Seenagers…. I’ve changed my vocabulary, it’s just a perfect word!

    So what am I?
    An Inbetweenager? 🙂

  3. Hallo fiftyside.
    You are doing wonderfull work for our generation. I think I must try and get women in Switzerland to be proud of our age.Will talk to my neighbour she’s a Journalist.

  4. Hi Spaz
    I like it too,and I like Inbetweenager.Should we congratulate you?

  5. Seenagers is definitely the one. Love it!

  6. Thankyou Selma, it is always nice to hear from you.Would you mind if I put your name on my Blogroll?

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