In 2014, Betsy Fuchs turned 70 and retired from her job as I.T. Project Manager/Trainer in the Laboratory department at NorthShore University HealthSystem. These two major changes affected how she saw herself. She used to identify herself by the paid work she did. These days she identifies herself – plainly and simply – as “a 70 year old woman,” or as the years go by, “a 71, 72, 73 year old woman.”
For many years, Betsy further identified herself as Jewish by birth and a spiritual seeker by nature. During that time, Betsy composed prayers, some of which are on this website; more are in her self-published books. These days, Betsy has stopped seeking. She has found some spiritual solice along the way, but she no longer needs to actively pursue the quest. However, on most Shabbat mornings, you will find her at the Kahal service at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois, where in the company of friends she joyfully worships and studies Torah.
These days Betsy enjoys taking twice as long to do everything. “No rush” is her philosophy. She has wide and varied interests which may change on a whim. This is the pleasure of retirement! These days, she writes an occasional prayer, some prose poems accompanied by related photographs and personal essays. She is working on a memoir/family history that looks back at her 70 plus full years. Here is an excerpt from her memoir-in-process.
The media is full of “70 is the new 50” as quoted by Martha Stewart in an interview on aging gracefully and by Geraldo Rivera accompanying a nude selfie he posted to Twitter in 2013. These are just a few of the many denials about 70 being 70, found online May 2014.
I can’t deny it. I am 70 years old. Some days I can’t believe I am that old; other days I feel every one of my 70 years. I was born in 1944 during World War II. In 1966 when I was a new college graduate and a happily employed working girl, I lived in San Francisco among the unemployed-gypsy-hippies in the Haight Ashbury. I say “70 is a lot of years to sift through” and it is a fine time for me to write a memoir about the 70 full years I have lived on this earth.
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