Columnist reimagines her life

Posted June 24, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.

Senior Beat

Carol Higgins Taylor

Special to The Weekly

 

The first Senior Beat column appeared in The Weekly on Nov. 1, 2001. A lot of columns have appeared in these pages, each one a labor of love. Writing about senior issues was one of my favorite duties as the communications director at Eastern Area Agency on Aging.

We’ve talked about everything from skin care to Medicare and I hope you have learned a little and laughed a little along the way.

It was a difficult decision but I have resigned from Eastern Area Agency on Aging effective June 20. I have taken a page from AARP’s Life Re-Imagined initiative which helps people 50 and older develop a “second act” if you will. Now is the time for my second act.

Ever since I was a little girl watching the TV show “Bewitched,” I wanted to own my own advertising agency. After much contemplation, I started Bryant Street Public Relations LLC. (Remember Darren Stevens who was an advertising executive for McMann and Tate? I was fascinated by his work.)

The very best part of being at EAAA was getting to know, understand and work hard for the senior population. Seniors have become my thing, so to speak, and I will continue to work on their behalf. So on that note, Senior Beat will continue. I will share pertinent information with you as always and you can contact me with story ideas. Just check out the new email address below. And I will be staying on at EAAA as a communications consultant so I have the best of both worlds.

There are six sections to AARP’s Life Re-Imagined:

• Reflect. AARP suggests that you slow down and take note of where you are and who and what you truly care about. Dig deep and figure out what motivates you and what you’re good at. Seek to understand your passions and pursue them instead of relying on old habits, which can be scary to do but so worth it. And take a look at the bigger picture with regards to your future self.

• Connect. Realize you don’t have to follow this path alone so enlist supportive friends and family who will be a sounding board or cheerleader when you need it.

• Explore. Be curious and open minded. Remember an open mind can open doors. Potential is everywhere.

• Act. It won’t always be a smooth ride but the first step is the hardest. And getting stuck, and subsequently unstuck, is all part of the journey.

• Repack. I love this one. “Embrace the idea of letting things go and simplifying your life. Clarify what you need and what you don’t need for the journey ahead.” This is figurative and literal for me. It’s really important to just let go of the things that weigh you down because hanging on can be stressful and stress can slow you down and cause you to stall out.

• Choose. Be courageous and optimistic and about all the possibilities. Weigh all your options and decide on your new forward path.

While my second act involves a career change of sorts, it can be anything you want it to be. Every day is a chance to change your life and do or be whatever you want. And there is no time like the present, as my mother is fond of saying, which is a little surprising considering she is a bit of a procrastinator.

Whether a new career, volunteer position or even a change of attitude, take your shot. I always think of dreams like plants: with a little nurturing they blossom. To learn more about Life Re-Imagined, go to lifereimagined.aarp.org.

And thanks for reading Senior Beat for the last 13 years. Here’s to many more columns in the future.

Carol Higgins Taylor is an advocate for seniors and owns a public relations firm in Bangor. Email Higgins Taylor at 4chtaylor@gmail.com.

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