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Bad-Ass Aging
November 13, 2018

This is my birthday month and I’m turning 62. Un-freaking-believable. It’s true–I was born in 1956. It’s also true that my neck and hands look more like my mother’s than my own. I’m aging. I figure I may as well go with it, but I’ll go in my own way, according to The Theory of Bad-Ass Aging.

As is my habit, I listened to an inspirational podcast this morning while washing up from breakfast. Today’s flavor: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. The conversation surrounded life, death, and regret. I journaled.

If Today Were my Last, I would Regret

Not . . .

Living my Plan B.

Learning to love myself, just the way I am.

Forgiving myself.

Loving Rick to capacity.

Bathing my kids, step-kids, and grandkids with love and generosity.

Doing shit my own way.

Plugging-in to my community.

Risking a plunge into the arena; saying yes to what the Universe offers me–especially when its scary.

Choosing kindness.

Being friendly.

Cultivating empathy.

Practicing mindfulness.

Learning: reading, attending seminars, listening to podcasts, surrounding myself with fresh ideas.

Staying physically active.

Eating well while avoiding over-restriction.

Telling my truth.



Starting fresh every day.


Doing all the above to set an example for my kids, step-kids, and grandkids when I’m too tried to do it for myself.

Forgiving myself when I don’t.

For now, this is my Theory on Bad-Ass Aging.







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  1. Always refreshing! I too, look at myself, and see my Mother and am thankful, that I do. I agree with your philosophy upon aging. Age is a matter of mind. I look at the picture you posted, that is the way I remember you. It evokes a time in my life, that I cherish.

    Would I change things from the past? Perhaps. But I see where those choices have led me through my life. Some good, some bad, but all for learning, And now, looking forward to the next chapter? What to do? Where to go? Who to be? Be true to myself, for starters. Do the things I want to do, for the better of my community (wherever that leads me) be the best possible person, to others, that I can.
    A philosophy, well learned, from…My Mother…
    Thank you Debi! ox


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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

Inspirational Quote

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

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