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From the Editor's keyboard
By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Friday, August 27, 2010

Fighting off another case of the 'what ifs'

 Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

A few weeks ago, I was celebrating my birthday. The day before, I had celebrated by shopping at four different Kohl's ... my favorite store. All was going well and I was feeling swell. My daughter called me to wish me happy birthday. We were chatting away about my plans for the day and everything I had purchased the prior day. I reminded her that in five more years, I am owed a huge party to celebrate my 50th birthday.

"Wow, Mom," she said. "I just never think of you as an old person."

She assured me I look great for "someone my age." Wow. I don't look old, but I am old? I didn't quite know what to make of that one ... a compliment in one way and not so good in another way. It's great for me that my attention span is short. I soon forgot and went on my merry way, having a great day.

Then, last night, I was discussing our economy and a tight job market with my son. I shared my worries about getting older. What if I have to ever hit the pavement and find another job? Will I get hired? Will potential employers worry about me falling over dead? Would I have a hard time obtaining medical insurance? Would I be the recipient of age discrimination? The "what ifs" were hitting me again and by the look on my son's face, the conversation had become too serious. Or maybe just plain boring. At any rate, it was time to change the subject. Fast.

So. Out of nowhere, I told him that I have a solution. If I were to ever face a job interview again, I would give myself a facelift with scotch tape around the edges of my face and cover it with my hair. He looked horrified.

Then I got a serious case of the giggles and he looked relieved.

"Mom, you've actually done dumb stuff like that," he laughed.

Yes, I have. And I will continue to do so. To worry over "what ifs" and how many wrinkles I have is a senseless waste of time. I have so much to look forward to and few regrets about how I've spent my time. Life is too short to worry over situations that will likely not happen soon ... or if ever.

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