Many Set for Life's may be in their twilight years, but they’re enjoying a new dawn: the kids are long gone, the house is paid off, the working days are behind them and there’s money coming in from super and investments (although a fair bit goes back out again to help out the kids and grandkids). Whether married, widowed or divorced, they’re looking to get the most out of life. They dress sharp, use the latest gizmos and stay fit with personal training and healthy food.
Walk with Me
I have a confession to make. Two, actually. The first is I have been online dating. It’s silly, I know, but my husband passed on—gosh, almost ten years ago now—and he certainly wouldn’t want me just lolling around the place in robe and fluffy slippers. He’d want me to have a few stories to tell him when I get up there (or down!).
I’m in good health, touch wood. I’ve met a few blokes and it’s been nice to have someone to do things with sometimes. My daughter doesn’t understand. She says, ‘I’ll come to the Monet exhibition with you’, but she’s busy with her own kids. I haven’t even told my three boys!
The second confession is that I lied about my age. And not even a little lie: I chopped a decade off! I’m no spring chicken, but I keep myself looking alright and know how to put myself together. I certainly don’t dress like those fuddy-duddies you see pushing their little wheelie shopping whatsits around Marrickville Metro on a Saturday morning.
Tomorrow I’ve got plans with Mark, a divorcé about my age (not that he knows that). A nice man; decent head of hair still. We had a coffee last week and it went well, so we’re off to the cinema. I’ll let him pick the movie—just this once.