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Looking Back

What I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self

Kristina Cappetta | Posted 10.04.2016 | Women
Kristina Cappetta

Sometimes you don't know how good you had it until you move forward and look back. You see, I went to my 20-year high school reunion recently. First of all, I can't believe it's been 20 years since I graduated. It may sound cliché, but I can honestly tell you I don't know where all the time has gone.

The Future I Wish My 15-Year-Old Self Could See

Hollis Miller | Posted 01.27.2017 | Women
Hollis Miller

I want to remember what it was like to be 15. Because I don't think the 15-year-old me could imagine I'd be where I am now.

Life's Outcomes Depend on Our Choices

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 01.27.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Life can encourage or discourage us depending on the endless situations we encounter and the choices we make on a daily basis.

Why I'm Still Heartbroken Over The End Of A Friendship, 20 Years On

Debbie Slevin | Posted 12.15.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

Once upon a time, I had a friend who was very important to me. I actually had two friends who were important. We had been a threesome during much of high school, Annie, Michael and me. Just before we turned 40, Michael, who had been HIV-positive for a number of years, moved into full-blown AIDS.

The Ambush of Aging

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.28.2016 | Fifty
Sherman Yellen

Age can wreak havoc. I've seen it take the health and the minds of friends and family. Nevertheless, I find that it gives us a choice: You can remember with joy, or recall with regret. Aging is not a curse, but an opportunity to use our lives fully.

The Girl Who Taught Me to Spell the Word 'Love'

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2016 | Women
Kathy Radigan

I went to her birthday party and brought her a Barbie. I thought it was odd that she wouldn't take the plastic off the doll's hair. Years later, it occurred to that she might have been trying to protect the doll's hair because she couldn't protect her own.

What If?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
SidneyAnne Stone

Have you ever asked yourself, "What if?" This question seems to haunt the minds of many, inspires movies and television shows alike and has been the t...

Life Is Beautiful: How My First Semester of College Life Taught Me More Than Any Class Ever Could

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Rajat Bhageria

After high school, everybody seems to throw around the saying that college is going to be the best time of your life, and to take advantage of it. In the weeks preceding your trip as you pack up, enormous emotions overtake you.

Gilligan's Island, Where Were You When The Minnow Ran Aground?

David Kanegis | Posted 11.29.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

It seems hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the debut of Gilligan's Island on September 26th, 1964. Virtually every baby boomer born in The U.S. was alive during the premiere.

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 10

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Reflection: Remembering Our memories of the previous year are like reflections in a window: layered, evocative, imagined, and unsteady. But it's good...

50 Things Only People Over 50 Understand

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty

Generational conflicts are nothing new. Many baby boomers think millennials are lazy and self-absorbed, and many millennials think boomers are close-m...

How A Dose Of Nostalgia Could Boost Your Self-Esteem

Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jeanette Leardi for YouBeauty Remember basking in the glow of your senior prom and never wanting that night to end? And what about the excitemen...

How My Vacations Have Changed In 30 Years

Al DeLuise | Posted 11.21.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

This past August I spent a week in a rented two-family house in Belmar, NJ with members of my family. It was a beautiful house with a large wrap-around porch in a very quiet neighborhood. As I sat in one of the fatly-stuffed cushioned chairs that ringed the porch I couldn't help but think how different my first Belmar summer house experience was nearly three decades earlier.

Why Nostalgia Is So Good For The Brain

Margaret Manning | Posted 11.15.2013 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Since women over 60 care deeply about keeping their brains healthy as they age, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and explore the six decades that have shaped women who are just now reaching retirement. As you read, I encourage you to take a pause after each section and try to visualize what your life was like. What are your strongest memories of each time period?

Gratitude and Goodbye to 10A

Irene Tanner | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

So I am leaving this place I called home for most of my life, for an as yet unknown destination. It is an adventure filled with uncertainty and apprehension. Anticipation spiced with a bit of fear.

When It's Time to Let a Friend Go

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

How do you know when a friendship ends? Especially with the eternally open window that is Facebook? Seeing those images made me realize that those women, once my nearest and dearest, are no longer part of my life.

What I Realized When I Looked At An Old Family Picture

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It can take moments like I had at that baptism to hit you up the side of the head and make you see that not only has time passed, but that you are wiser and better for it.

Two Words

Sonya Denyse | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Sonya Denyse

Savoring the sorrow of life could seem antithetical to moving forward. Yet, I found that embracing sorrow has strengthened my resolve.

If You Could Speak to Your Teenage Self, What Would You Say?

E. Kristin Anderson | Posted 12.26.2012 | Home
E. Kristin Anderson

Wen you're done reading the letters that relate to you, you'll read the other ones and realize that the guy next to you in science class, the girl busting her ass leading the dance squad, the kids smoking just off of school property -- those people aren't as different from you as you think. Maybe you could even be friends.

Why My Life Would Suck Without My Husband Of 23 Years

Leslie Irish Evans | Posted 06.01.2012 | Weddings
Leslie Irish Evans

Remember the picture of us looking out the window? Me in my giant 1980s wedding dress with the poufy sleeves and the giant bow on the butt and you looking dapper in your morning jacket. We're gazing out into our future, the sun lighting our young and hopeful faces. Oh, what we didn't know then!

Coming Back to Manahawkin, N.J.

Tom Davis | Posted 07.31.2012 | New York
Tom Davis

I was in my mid-to-late 20s, and I was alone, in Manahawkin, N.J., living the southern Ocean County life. And I finally found love. Now, my wife and I are back, writing about it, living and remembering the life we once knew.

Letter To My Younger Self

Christopher Meeks | Posted 01.21.2012 | Fifty
Christopher Meeks

I came across a picture of myself in college, and was stunned how much I used to look like my son does now, who's also in college. I wanted to write a letter to my younger self -- or is it to my son? It works either way.

Finding Oneself Through Family Photos

Rose-Lynn Fisher | Posted 09.30.2011 | Fifty
Rose-Lynn Fisher

Sifting through the assortment of our juxtaposed selves, faces and features seemed interchangeable among the generations. How young. And, how shocking to now be older than most everyone I was looking at in the pictures.

What Will You Remember?

Roger Fransecky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roger Fransecky

For each of us, the ultimate curiosity concerns our own selves. To satisfy that curiosity, we have no choice but to take the path of memory and recollection.

A Pencil Saves the Day

Lisa Honig Buksbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Honig Buksbaum

I was daydreaming about our life together, imagining all of our curly haired, freckled mathematical musical prodigies, when suddenly my desk started shaking.