Surprising ways I embrace life at 65 years on earth

A movie helped me find the spirit to grow in this tricky stage of life

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Photo by Jacinto Diego on Unsplash

My father always said, “Getting older is not for whimps…”

I am starting to embrace the “getting older” stage now at 65. A new club that never even had the decency of sending me an invitation. I was rudely just drafted.

Yet today I feel light in both mind and body.

It is 70 degrees and a picture-perfect sunny day with a stunning blue sky. How are we this lucky to be alive?

Today, I'm on the campus of Middlesex Community College — beautiful grounds for such a small college and a cantilevered-roofed library to boot!

Being a senior-aged student — only $50 is charged to me for a $900 dollar — Intro to Film Making course.

And what a course it is! We are only in class #5 and already have learned to use Canon Rebel cameras and more importantly come up with a short movie idea that we both have to pitch and shoot. So cool.

And my class filled with mostly two generations of younger people has treated me well so far.

I’m living a movie.

I can’t help thinking about the feel-good movie, The Intern — with Robert De Niro as the 70-year-old widower bored with his retired life applies and is accepted into a community intern program at fast-moving clothing start-up About the Fit.

Ann Hathaway is the 30-something founder of the company which she has grown to 200 employees in less than 12 months.

Picture credits: IMDB

I am so much the De Niro character — Ben Whitaker.

Ben was 70-something in this film. I am 65.

Ben struggles to find meaning and his next act after losing his wife and retiring — a one-two punch.

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MarkfromBoston 🌻Ukraine

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