Making it through middle age
I find it a little ironic that as the first bulbs of spring are blooming, I’m looking into the mirror and seeing my first grey hair. It’s frightening! Almost unbelievable. What! No way?? That can’t be and yet, there it is. My first real sign that I’m not getting any younger. It’s happening. I’m middle life. Here we go. We all hear about this crisis. It can’t be all that bad can it??
I remember when I was younger. 40 was so old! That’s where little old ladies went to die. As if, 40 isn’t cool! And here I am at 40, well 42 actually, staring at myself in the mirror, and thinking 40 isn’t old at all. Heck man! I’m just getting started. These are the good times of my life. Geez kiddo, you sure did have it wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been fighting this age things for years. It’s a tough pill to swallow. Do you not remember the invincible stage of your 20’s? When we were all super heroes in our own mind! Long gone are the days of late night parties and Pizza at 3 am. Right now I’d settle for my PJ’S at 9:00 pm and a good book. And if I even tried to eat pizza, I’d be popping tums like it was candy. Not good my friend. My 20 year old self would be squaring her hips and nodding her head in shame. Yes, I’ve failed you.
So how do you embrace this age thing, when the spring in your step has now turned into the crack in your back? That single grey hair will turn into 20, then to 50 and before you know it, you’re a little old lady with wrinkles and in your 80’s. My answer to this is simple. Defy it! Age is only a number; you’re only as old as you feel right? And I believe this, with a youthful spirit and a zest for life there is no slowing you down.
So get out there and take that dance class you’ve always wanted, book that trip you’ve been dreaming of, get out there and live life to the fullest. Show your 20 year old self, that 42 is still pretty darn young, and you can still dance circles around anyone half your age. Heck, you may even have a few things to show the young ins. Show them that growing older isn’t so bad after all.
To quote Carrie Bradshaw “Enjoy yourself – that’s what your 20s are for. Your 30s are to learn the lessons. And your 40s are to pay for the drinks!”
SMART CITY TOASTMASTERS ~ Communication is something you can’t avoid in daily life, whether spoken or texted. If your job involves lots of persuasion and you want to inspire, motivate, and become a better communicator then come visit us at Smart City Toastmasters, St Lawrence College room M3520 April 18th at 6:45 PM. You’ll be glad you did. Free for visitors, and parking is also free.
THE VAGABOND THEATRE OF CORNWALL presents the comedy play “The Ladies Foursome” by Canadian playwright Norm Foster on April 20,21,27,28 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday April 22 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 28 Second St., East, Cornwall. Tickets are available at Scotiabank Cornwall or at www. vagabondtheatrecornwall. ca. Info: Dan Youmelle at 613-938-1930.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES presents Academy Award nominated Lebanese film The Insult, a thought provoking film on modern Middle Eastern politics. Screening takes place April 18 @7:30pm, Galaxy Cinema. Tickets are available at the door or Complex Box Office. All proceeds support Aultsville Theatre.
CASINO TRIP to Shore Line Gananoque Sat., April 28, bus departs at 9:30am. Info: 613-932-6534. Proceeds to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.
THE AUXILLIARY TO THE CORNWALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL presents “The Fashion Show” featuring Laura’s The Art of Living & Giving on Wednesday, April 11 at Au Vieux Duluth, 1140A Brookdale Ave. at 7:00pm. Complimentary glass of wine and discounts off purchases. 10% from purchases and meals is being donated to the Hospital. Tickets available at the Hospital Gift Shop and Laura’s.
ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Presents ‘Rock of Ages’ High School Edition April 27, 28 - 8:00PM; April 29 - 2:00PM; May 4, 5 - 8:00PM. Tickets available at the Main Office - 1500 Cumberland St., Cornwall, or at the door St. Joseph’s Catholic School Auditorium.
THE LONG SAULT/INGLESIDE LOST VILLAGES LIONS CLUB ~ Roast Beef Dinner at the South Stormont Community Hall, 2 Mille Roches Rd., Long Sault, Wed., April 18, 4pm-7:30pm. Tickets - available at the door. Meal includes roast beef, vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, pickles, bun, assorted pies for dessert, coffee or tea. Part of the proceeds in support of the new Splash Pad in Ingleside. Call 613-577-0818 for info.
INDOOR GARAGE & BAKE SALE Sat. April 28, 9am-1pm. Cornwall Pentecostal Church, 208 Second St. E. (2nd & Amelia), Cornwall, ON. 613937-3737 Lots of great items for sale!
SPRING LUNCHEON & BAKE SALE ~ InglesideNewington United Church, Ingleside on April 21, 11:30-1:00 pm. Menu: main dish, salads, desserts, tea & coffee. Everyone welcome.
LE CLUB DES AÎNÉ(E)S DE STE-THÉRÈSE-DELISIEUX. Vous invite à nous joindre, pour jouer différents jeux de cartes (dards) les mercredis après midi. Un souper chaud gratuit le dernier mercredi du mois. Les membres assidus sont éligibles pour un voyage gratuit de fin de saison. Contactez: Denise, Vice Présidente 613-932-1805.
DOES FOOD CONTROL YOUR LIFE? Do you constantly diet, starve, binge or purge? Do you hate your body? Do you eat and feel guilty? STOP hurting yourself with food. There is a place for you! We meet every Monday evening at 6:30pm at Wesleyan Church, 780 Sydney, Cornwall. You are not alone. Contact 613 662-9979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME! The Telephone Assurance Program is in need of volunteers to make a daily friendly phone call to a senior living alone. This call provides a safety check as well as increases their peace of mind and security within their home. If interested, please call the Glen Stor Dun Lodge Outreach Program at 613933-3384 ext 4250.
CORNWALL & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING Tues., April 10, 7pm at RCAFA, Wing 424, 240 Water St. W., Cornwall. Presenter: Diane Lunan of Marlin Orchards & Garden Centre. Topic: New annuals and perennials. Info: Sandra Mitchell, President 613-932-9979.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY Walk for Alzheimer’s Cornwall, May 5, 9:30am, at Benson Centre, with Bruno from Big Brother Canada. Longest Day of Bridge on June 21 at Benson Centre. Call 613 9324914 for info and reservations.
BEREAVED FAMILIES SUPPORT & SHARE NIGHT This group is open to grieving adults who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Our next groups are on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 7-9pm and TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1-3pm, at 216 Montreal Road. A short presentation on a specific topic related to coping with loss is followed by group sharing. All are welcome.
CORNWALL NEWCOMERS CLUB ~ welcomes women who have moved to Cornwall and surrounding area in the last 4 years. Info: Marilyn 613933-2966 or Eleanor 613-935-4916 to learn more about the club and its activities.
CHARITY CHILI CHALLENGE Sat., April 14, for Hospice at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1509 Second St. W. Cornwall co-sponsored by Swinging B’s Square Dance Club, Crafter Tables, Silent auction, open 4-7pm. LOOKING FOR COOKS to join the chili challenge, register with Helen 613 933-4052 or email@example.com. or to order tickets. Tickets also available at the door.
EASY MODERN SQUARE DANCING . Beginners - join in any time. Fun, Wellness & Fitness at the Glengarry Sports Palace, Alexandria - Sundays 2-4 p.m. on April 22, April 29, May 13, May 27. Info - Francois Desmarais - Square Dance Caller firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-931-1783 .
• Allison St. Jean - Canadian Cancer Society
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