Mak­ing it through mid­dle age

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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 oa.corn­wall@gmail.com

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 he­len­mac­cal­lum@sym­pa­tico.ca. 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 fran­coisd2@rogers.com or 613-931-1783 .

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