So, the new thing I’m doing along with forgetting appointments, is either not writing things down in my book, or writing them down on the wrong day, week, or even month! Yes, I’m still using my book, instead of my phone, I want to see it! The problem is, I have to remember to write it down, and in the right spot!
I have an explanation for this. Someone gives me a date for two weeks from Tuesday and while I’m writing that down, another friend calls to invite me to lunch THIS Thursday and somehow I write that down, forgetting my book is open to 2 weeks in advance Wait, What? That sounds kookoo even to me
My favorite is when I write down 11:30 and that’s it , Where? When? Who? No idea!! Praying for a phone call.
My other maddening thing I’m doing, is writing emails and not pressing send and getting very self righteous when someone says they didn’t receive it and I say well, I wrote It (I don’t always tell them the part about not sending) Is this a matter of totally losing it or is it that I’m just doing too many things? I want to hear a chorus of everyone saying,“You’re just doing too many things”! Am I on my way to dotage? I’m not even sure exactly where that is, but I know I don’t want to go there.
Dame Judi Dench, about to turn 83, remembers hundreds of lines, thousands of words, every day, why can’t I remember to press send? I don’t get it.
Being late is another issue I’m not solving. Why do things go wrong at the last minute for me and not for other people? I’ll tell you why. It’s because I don’t give any extra time for, things going wrong at the last minute. That’s why! Other people must do that. When I arrive, all out of breath and flustered they sit there with a patient smile on their faces(those are the nice ones) the others , oh you get the picture. They are not happy with me!! And I’m not happy with me either because I did it again.
Where are my keys, my sunglasses and my purse???? Right before I leave the house they have mysteriously disappeared! How could that be? They were right here a minute ago.
The other thing I do, I have to ask myself “did I return that phone call or did I just think about returning that phone call? I have no idea!
By the way, can you ever find where you parked your car after a movie? In a parking lot somewhere. Was it near blue B7? Green C5? I walk around for an hour, clicking my key looking for my car. Just before I burst into tears and call Bob to come get me, I find it and it’s as if I won the sweepstakes. It’s crazy!
I have this feeling that Dame Judi Dench knows exactly where everything is at all times and that makes me feel embarrassed for myself!!
But, can she dance?
I was asked to be on a panel at the most wonderful conference in Los Angeles on November 3rd and 4th. They had terrific speakers, from life coaches to chefs to She Tank investors, a spin off on Shark tank with all women. It was in earnest and it was fascinating. The air was jubilant in the room at all times. Women in their 40’s and 50’s coming to find out how to better their lives in every way they can.
A couple of years ago I was invited to do a video with Catherine Gray, the person who thought this up and she said “ and I’m going to do a book and I’m going to do a women’s conference and you know what? She has! And it was sold out!!
I was invited to be on The Forever Young Panel and it was inspiring, even to me. I was one of five panelists and one of the babies on the panel. We ranged from 80-93.
"Every morning I put headphones in, listening to anything from Bruno Mars to Louie Prima"
When asked what she did to start the day, the 93 year old woman, who happened to be an actress and the mother of some of my children’s friends, said she started off her day by singing Broadway tunes in the shower and that made her happy for the rest of the day. I’m going to try that this morning! We all agreed when you wake up, its important to have a purpose. One woman wakes up to go to Pilates another reads the paper and heads to work. What do I do every morning? I put headphones in, listening to anything from Bruno Mars to Louie Prima and walk along the beach, greeting the seals, dolphins and the birds as I go. I think the Broadway tunes thing is the best idea yet!
Photo(From Left to Right) Catherine Gray, Host and Moderator; Elaine Leader (90); Harriet Rossetto (80); BHF (83); Pink Lady (85); Gloria Stroock (93)
This conference made me realize how hungry women are to learn from other women, to better themselves, and to find out how to make their life count the most. We all are looking for answers from each other and women, God Bless Us, are great at communicating. Ergo, Women’s Conferences! It always goes back to the question going around in my own head, “we are living longer, how can we make the extra years more meaningful?”
I think we are doing a really great job!
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