60 and Living

Hi. I’m Carole Townsend and at the end of this year, I will be 60 years old. Sixty! I can remember a time, not so long ago, when that number sounded ancient, like a number that an explorer might find scrawled on the wall of an ancient cave somewhere. Yet here I sit, typing and telling you all with unabashed honesty that I’m nearly 60 years old.

Before I divulge any more deep secrets about myself, I suppose I’d better share some of the better-known facts first. I’ve been a journalist for nearly 20 years (newspaper and columnist). Since 2010, I’ve also added “author” to my list of loves and in 2021, my books five and six will be published. I still pinch myself sometimes when I think of that.
I’m also married to a wonderful man; we’ve been married 22 years this year. In many ways, I suppose we’ve grown up together. We each brought two children to the union; he, two girls, and me, a son and a daughter. Now that we’re officially empty-nesters, we look forward to learning each other, in many ways for the first time. I’m excited about it! 

Oh! We also have two dogs, whom we adore. Aside from our son, they’re our favorite children.

Let me rephrase that; aside from our son, our dogs are our most loving children.

So now, the reason for my starting this blog: I feel that this dawning age is one of discovery, and one of re-discovery. It’s been a very long time since we’ve been able to consider ourselves, our likes, our plans and dreams, and no one else’s. At first, we had no idea what to do with ourselves. What do we like to do? What things did we used to enjoy? My gosh, what did we even like to eat before our home was invaded by demanding little people? We are determined to find out! So there you have it – Week 1 of what it’s like to go sliding headfirst into age 60, having no idea what’s coming. I plan to cover everything from the hair color revolution to travel, from choosing a retirement site to traveling on a budget, from the skyrocketing costs of healthcare to the sometimes plummeting prices of the homes in which we’ve lived. I’d love to hear from you, too, regarding topics you’d like to see covered.