Tomorrow is a big day for me. I have decided to take my show on the road and exhibit my readers at Vision Expo East. Needless to say, I am just a little bit more than nervous. I know I will be judged by my peers, experts in eyewear design and manufacturing and a whole bunch of other bigwigs. So wish me luck! Whether or not this whole thing is big flop, at least I know I gave it my all. I have really spent countless hours designing, thinking, writing, re-writing, editing and editing some more and analyzing and worrying and planning to make this a success. I am almost a one woman show… but not without the help and inspiration of some really incredible people. People who were so supportive in helping me make this a success and the people, whose stories have inspired me to create a product that celebrates the true style that develops from life’s experiences. I hope they see beyond my heavy New York accent, my less than perfect display and see the meticulous attention to detail that reflects the likes of my team of readers…helping me to create Renee’s Readers.
One of the better things about getting older is that I don’t sweat the small stuff the way I used to. Not everything has to be so perfect. I also feel more secure about my choices. I choose to surround myself with people who are secure and supportive and I have no patience for relationships that are full of drama. That just brings me down and that really makes me feel old and grumpy. I now realize that life is just too short for that sort of stuff. I think part of looking young has a lot to do with your attitude and surrounding yourself with people and things that make you happy also helps a lot. I’ve learned to be happy with myself. So even though I would like to be younger, thinner and sexier, I am too busy having fun just being me.
I am not so sure I want to be called a Boomer. That’s the term given to those of us in the over 50 crowd. No labels for me please. I try to remain up to date in my appearance, progressive in my thinking, but I can’t help but have some old traditional values. I am more accepting of people’s differences than when I was younger…as long as I don’t have to live with them. I still love Rock n’ Roll, Motown and I love to Disco dance. I ‘ve also come to like some of the music my kids listen to… some. I like to share stories of my youth to anyone who’ll listen and I smile to think that so much of what is today's trendy looks is a comforting familiarity to me. When flares were my bell-bottoms, vinyl records is what I saved my allowance for... in a time where my style progressed from clogs to Frye boots to Candies disco shoes. That is so retro. So cool. So me. But as cool as it was then and it is today, wearing too much of this on me really makes me look like a Boomer.
There’s nothing like being the first one up in the morning. In the dark winter mornings, I love to watch the sunrise while drinking my coffee. The stillness of the morning is peaceful and relaxing. When the weather warms up, I love my early morning walks. It has been my stress reliever for years. Now my dog, Chloe comes with me. I usually listen to music. You can catch me singing along… sometimes a little too loud. I also like going for a drive. The silence of my car has been another great place for me to just think. Getting in the “alone zone” where it’s just me and my thoughts breaks the daily train of constant interaction and gives me new insights and ideas. Things that I have been stuck on become more defined and attainable. Problems have a new perspective and I have a fresh approach to starting my day!
Believing in the less is more philosophy has prompted me to further streamline my possessions. Now I only want things that look good on me, work when I need them to and are an asset to my busy life. Although my kids are grown and more independent, it seems like I have a lot more responsibilities and a lot less time in which to accomplish them. As a new year begins, I have once again resolved to buy things only when I need them and buy better so that I am not constantly replacing them.
Thinking about the bigger picture... things that don’t last are bad for the environment; they frustrate the hell out of you and they wind up costing you more in the long run. Somehow I think we all know this. As we start a new year, let’s start with a new philosophy…less is more. It’s good for everyone.