This is me!


This blog is about being an adult when you far from feel like it, it is about life when you are approaching forty and yet does not have what the society is expecting from you. It is about quitting your job to go volunteering.

This is how I strive to see life:

Wear sunscreen!

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth,
oh, never mind…
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
Until they’ve faded but trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back
At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now
How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked
You are not as fat as you imagine!

Don’t worry about the future.
Or worry, and know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve
an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy.
Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults.
If you succeed in doing this, tell me how!
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22
what they wanted to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t!
Get plenty of calcium and be kind to your knees
You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll divorce at 40.
Maybe you’ll dance the “Funky Chicken” on your 75th wedding anniversary

Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much
Or berate yourself either
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s!

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can
Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own


Even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room
Read the directions even if you don’t follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly!

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good
Be nice to your siblings, they’re your best link to your past
And the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go
But a precious few, who should hold on

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young

Live in the Capitol once but leave before it makes you hard
Live on the beach once but leave before it makes you soft


Accept certain inalienable truths
Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you, too, will get old
And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young
Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble
And children respected their elders
Respect your elders!

Don’t expect anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse
But you never know when either one might run out
Don’t mess too much with your hair
Or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85

Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it
Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past
From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts
And recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen!

Written by: Timothy Cox and Nigel Swanston


12 Responses to This is me!

  1. Shawn Flaherty says:


    Thanks for stopping and looking at and checking out my blog. Volunteering is VERY rewarding – much more so than I thought.

    Too many people let life pass them by. I refuse to do that.



    • Hi Shawn

      The same to you! You are absolutely right in what you are saying I think, and this is my way of trying to not let Life pass by. I do not know that many that have taken the plunge to go and volunteer. So if you have any experiences to share, I would be thankful. Unless the best of whishes on your way!

      ~ Annie

  2. Shawn Flaherty says:

    Hi Annie,

    I have talked about it on my blog if you start from the beginning of it. My job left me, and I got rid of my house and almost everything I own and moved to another state to be a volunteer caretaker at a wildlife refuge. It has worked out very well for me and is so very rewarding.

    I think people need to find their passion and live it. Check out a documentary called “The Journey”. I watched it, and even bought the DVD. My guess is it will speak to you as loudly as it spoke to me. It made me think about things going on in my life.

    After that I saw the movie “Into the Wild”. Between those two movies I realized I needed change, and in a big way. When the opportunity came up, I made that change and am extremely happy in life. Single, but extremely happy otherwise!

    I recommend both movies to anyone wanting to change things in their lives. Watch “The Journey” first, though.

    Too many people grow old well before their time. I see it all the time. People in their 50s acting like they are 70. I am not going to do that. I am not going to pretend I am 20, but I AM going to live life!

    • When I read your post, I felt like clapping loud and start cheering.  I absolutely hear you.
      I will make it a point to see if I can find the movie “The journey”. And also let me recommend you for your decision of leaving everything and just go. That does take a lot of courage.  Thank you so much for sharing your story.
      I hope to hear from you again and also to follow your journey. 🙂 You have my vote!


  3. Becki says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂

  4. Basic Sugar says:

    The “Sunscreen Song” still gets me every time I hear it!

  5. Thank you for stopping by. And I remember when “Sunscreen” came out but I never really paid much attention to it, and now…wow, it is so powerful!

  6. VisitSiena says:

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