Between the Lines ~ Lipstick, Margaritas, and Hairspray

I am delighted to be part of a series called, “Between the Lines” created and run by Katie at Katherine’s Corner.  There are more than 80 bloggers, all over the age of 50, gathered together to blog, post, share and enrich and this is my post about blogging at the age of 53.  Thanks for hanging out with me!

between-the-lines-week-3I recall vividly the first time I heard the term ‘Blog’. My cousin said she was starting a blog about yoga and all I could think was, “what’s that?” (the blog, not the yoga….although I knew the same amount about both:  Zero).  When she said she just wrote down her thoughts and posted it online, I was incredulous!

“ONLINE?  For EVERYONE to see?”

Yep.

But wait…HOW does everyone see your words?  How do they know where the words land, how do you know who will read what you write and understand what you mean?

Fast forward a few years and I know how Exactly what a blog is (but not much more about yoga).  And not only do I want people to read what I write, but I encourage them to read everything I write and I use many different platforms to make sure they can find the words.

I wrote my first poem at the tender age of 8, some drivel about love that I knew nothing about, but my mama thought it was Pulitzer worthy, and promptly sent it off to a child’s magazine where they branded my name for eternity by publishing it.  I found a copy of that magazine when I was going through mama’s things after she passed away last year.  SO, your words do live on, even if you don’t always know where they live.

As a blogger today, one who is over 50 and competing for readers with younger, better, funnier and more educated bloggers, I find I possess a different outlook.  My pace is sometimes a little slower, a little less urgent.  I know what happens in your 30’s and 40’s and it’s not all bad. I’m no longer trying to conquer the world, but am just as happy to sit back, relax and watch it all go by some days.

And I have discovered that life is pretty funny, if you choose to look at it that way.  I have laughed at myself more in the last decade than I ever did in my earlier years.  I think, at this stage of my life, I don’t take myself quite so seriously.

Life happens.  You can roll with it, or let it roll over you and I really don’t have time to let it roll over me (plus I think that would hurt), so I pretty much just roll with it.

Will I still be doing ‘this’ when I’m 60?  I sure hope so.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have many more stories to share, a ton of new adventures and some pitfall, too.  Because no matter how hard I try, I still trip and fall.  It’s just a matter of how quickly you get back up that matters.

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17 comments

  1. Hi Sasha, So nice to meet you! I’m a fellow blogger of a “certain age” from the Between the Lines series. I love to read things I can relate to that make me laugh and I think I have found that in your blog! I will be stopping by regularly!

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  2. Well now, fun is my first name over at Fun Chili Cook blog. I like to swig tequila too, and plan to have some margarita’s tonight. I live in Charlottesville Virginia and consider myself a Diamond Belle. (I like bling.) Glad to get to follow you in this series. We can be sassy and bad assy bloggin buddies.

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  3. I found your blog yesterday, because of the Between the Lines series. I love your stories I thought some of that kind of stuff only happened to me. I am 65 soon to be 66 and you are so right you can’t take life too seriously or it will beat ya down. My daughter and I started our blog a couple of months ago, I told a friend that we were blogging and her comment was “you will have to explain that to me I don’t know what that means”, of course she doesn’t Facebook either. lol

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  4. Hello Sasha! I’ve been a Facebook follower of yours for quite a while now, but am just now visiting your blog. Bad me. But I’m here now and you can’t hide from me any more. LOL

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  5. I am not quit 60 yet but still enjoy life so much more now that I am older. Sasha you are quit funny and I love reading what you write. Much of what you say has indeed happened to me at one time or another. I hope you keep doing what you are doing. It is good to laugh at ourselves for sure.

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  6. I enjoy Sasha and her sense of humor so much. I am a one time cancer survivor and its laugh about it or cry. So, you learn to laugh about a lot of things. I don’t care what anybody thinks of me and I do my own thing. Like Bunny said, life is too short to give a rat’s behind!

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  7. Sasha, girl, I like reading your stuff. I just turned 61 and am a three time cancer survivor. I learned at 40 with my first diagnosis that you better “laugh”. It does make things easier to take. Because of you tho, I now throw glitter when I laugh! Thanks dear one for your insights, kind words and just being there for us all to read. Write On!

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  8. Hi Sasha I can tell you are a fun lady! I’m meeting some wonderful women through Between the Lines. I love this time of life and wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty and I live in Brisbane, Australia. Have a great week!

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  9. Being in your 60’s is even better! I’ll be 64 next month (big eyeroll). I have learned to let things go, to be myself and not give anyone the power to make me fell bad. They can take a flying F. I have my hubby, my kids, and my 3 hearts, my grandsons. Be yourself and do what you want. Life is way to short to give a rat’s behind.

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