|Valérie Pierrel Calmettes
Valérie re-sent me this picture — which I took (!) — to be included in our series. I think we can see why I wanted to photograph her, n’est-ce pas?
Each time I sit down to collect your pictures and read your mini-bios, I think, “No, they can’t continue to be pursuing more creative adventures. It’s impossible.”
But you are. One of you, a former nurse, now rescues and rehabilitates pigeons while raising her own fancy pigeons for show. Now, I ask you, how many of you have thought of that as a new direction?
40s. . .
|Heather Robinson with Ben,
Lost in Arles
You see what I mean? You are full of surprises. Some of you, well into your 60s, still get up with the sun and head off to school to teach children. Others of you are instructing adults in new skills or leading them toward intellectual discoveries they didn’t have the time to pursue when they were younger.
Another left a career for love and in the process realized what a talented writer she is. Oh, she definitely is. Trust me.
50s. . .
Each of you proves it’s a wide, wide world out there for us at every age. Nothing, but nothing is impossible. In your 40s you are overwhelmed with obligations and beginning to think about the “what ifs” of the future, in your 50s you may be facing an empty nest and the possibilities that will be presenting themselves to you in the years ahead, in your 60s, 70s and beyond — more travel, more learning, more giving. It never stops. You are not women who waste time. You are filled with hope and know that a future is not only for the very young.
60s. . .
|Cynthia Cooper Sambeat|
Please do continue to send your pictures to me — remember, 30s through to whatever (email@example.com).
70s. . .
Merci mille fois.