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When History repeats itself, it really doesn’t. Because Time continuously passes, the newer, contemporary Age makes the subject and its matter different, in an assortment of degrees. An Update might do ‘the job’ but issues and topics are original and unusual in their own time-block and time-frame. If they are removed, it can somehow destroy the original picture. However, because Fragments can, do and should be repeated at a later Date in Fleeting Time, that which is known as ‘Rewrites’ (in the Literary World) have continuously been popular and well-accepted.
Keeping this fact in mind, as I reviewed an Article I had previously written for Maturity TODAY, a Las Vegas Senior Magazine for their November/December, 2006 issue, a terrific Idea struck that I decided to carry out immediately.
Back then, the deal was that I provided the Content (as Content is King) and Marguerite, the Publisher, added a few editorials, compose the title and voila: It became the Featured Article. Today, I am now six (6) years older and wiser (now having turned a relevant page in the Aging Process). At 60, I realized I have new and improved assertions and insertions to make that had not occurred to me during that timeframe on that very composition.
I also recalled what Harry Porterfield (of CBS’s ‘Someone You Should Know’) had told me in 2002 when he wanted to re-interview me for an update on my Cartoonists Against Crime ©1991 Comic Art Campaign that I founded and launched. He stated: “It’s time to revisit.” Revisiting is a fruitful activity Writers should embrace as it lets us re-examine old(er) material we had penned and discover where ‘our heads and hearts’ were at that time ‘in the Past.’ I know Harry would agree.
The Question to ask is: What elements can be further added after a parcel of time has passed, allowing us to embrace other Memories and Experiences? Is everything a growing experience that we can and should learn by? What should be added? What should be eliminated or deleted? What new conclusions should be considered?
Therefore, that’s the plan. Not only as a creative writing project, but in order for me to gain more Insight as my 7TH Decade (60-69) begins its illustrious Career, my new and improved Version follows. Perhaps at 70 (circa 2022), we’ll see what else I think, but let’s not rush the trip – this Trip called Life.
Dividing the November/December, 2006 Article entitled:
Breaking the Age Barrier
In 2006, 54 is the New 34, but the politicians and mass media have yet to acknowledge it!
fashioned in two parts is (by far) the better approach to take.
This is because as I go back to review it, the opening focuses on Women, Aging and their Influence, a broad topic that deserves much more research and justice as this feature was only a ¾ page article in 4 columns. Therefore, I’ll address Section 2 called:
A Baker’s Dozen of ‘How to live Life to its Fullest’ – tips that are timeless.
1. Resolve to eat, drink and be merry – in moderate doses.
2. Don’t drink or smoke anything harmful, toxic or poisonous to your mind, body or spirit. If you’re caught up in anything harmful, seek the help of professions to help you ‘silence those demons.’
3. Sleep when tired as the rest will do you good.
4. Walk away from trouble. Sometimes run. Don’t ‘trouble’ trouble.
5. Be creative, confident and clear. It’s the 3C of living a full Life.
6. Don’t sacrifice your happiness, health, contentment or well-being. You’ll only have regrets if you do.
7. Never ‘exorcise exercise’ from your daily routine. Thirty minutes a day (only) is needed for maintenance. ‘Doing the math’ that equates to only 2.08% of your entire day, a pittance of time for an activity that is tremendously vital to and for your well-being. Your loved ones (around you) will be happy you ‘take care of yourself.’
8. Learn ten (10) new facts every day about an assortment of subjects. The brain needs its ‘Daily Fix’ as well for it to work its best for you.
9. Do volunteer work. Volunteering molds a personality while extending goodwill.
10. Save for a rainy day – for the unexpected – as a thunderstorm can strike at any time and at any place. Preparation is the key in every decade of life.
11. Be nice to people of all ages, stages, colors and persuasions. We’re all the same, just attired in different Skins so we don’t get bored. After all, would you want everyone here on our granite planet to look like George Clooney or Salma Hayek? Life would get mighty boring and extremely stale if that were the case.
12. Smile. There’s bound to be someone smiling back at you.
13. Consider every meeting a valuable connection to be nurtured. Keep-in-touch. With High Technology, new friends, opportunities and learning experiences are only a P&C: Point & Click away.
In retrospect, although it was a compliment to have been told that at 54, that is now considered the ‘New 34’ in 2006, I am very pleased to have crossed the 60 Year Marker, having twice the experiences of anyone half my age and am eagerly looking forward to what lies ahead, especially so since we’re in a total Democratic State of Mind.
END: To reiterate: When history repeats itself, it really doesn’t to a writer because a creative person can always reword their experiences to emphasize the latest Additions to that Edition. That’s what we’re known to do; expected to do and love to do. It’s our Job that hardly feels like ‘work.’
BRIEF BIO: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith is a Screenwriter, Author, Eventologist & Promoter (based in Chicago since 1974) who writes a lot about an endless plethora of topics. She heads: Koopersmith’s Global Communications and an Outfit called: AFSEE: Advocates For Senior Equality & Enrichment ©2002. “Writing is basically AID: All I Do,” she tells us, “It’s what makes our World spin round and round.”
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