The Chapters of Our Life

We all possess a book of our life, a collection of chapters that begins with our birth and continues until the day we depart from this world. These chapters encompass various aspects such as childhood, teenage years, love, marriage, family, travel, careers and hobbies. To preserve our life book, we keep journals, photo albums, and pass on stories from one generation to the next. It is essential for our family history to endure.

Recently, my husband and I embarked on a new chapter. The 60s have presented us with challenges, including the pandemic, moving into a new house, embracing a new daughter-in-law, welcoming another grandson, and the loss of David’s father. We have slowed down a bit, and I find myself missing the company of my theatre friends, family and clients. I realize that I don’t spend nearly enough time with my children and grandchildren.

In this chapter of my life, I have come to understand that I may not grasp some of the current generation’s language or technology, but I am making an effort to adapt. We were raised in a different era, yet we possess wisdom gained through years of life experiences. Finding a middle ground and respecting one another is crucial.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting up with several of my NSB Little Theatre friends to watch a comedy and catch up. As we shared our stories, I realized that I was not alone. Many of my friends were going through similar life chapters. It was comforting, and I believe such gatherings should occur more often.

To maintain happiness and good health, it is important to remind yourself of what you have accomplished and the life you have lived thus far. Frame or display your memories, travels, or anything that holds significance to you. Surrounding yourself with these reminders will reinforce how truly amazing you are. It is often said that when you enter someone’s home, you can gain insight into the person who resides there based on the way they decorate and showcase their cherished memories.

According to Becca Levy, a professor at Yale, having a positive attitude towards aging can reduce the risk of developing dementia by 40 percent.

In this chaotic world, many people struggle with anxiety and depression. It is time to make life changes in this chapter. Reduce the amount of time spent watching the news and instead indulge in programs that bring you joy. Surround yourself with the people you love and distance yourself from toxic relationships.

Above all, laughter is the best medicine for every stage of life and should be present in every chapter. Laughter can strengthen your immune system, lower blood pressure, and alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. I personally find myself laughing a lot. Have you met my family?

Karin Jenkins is a Licensed Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and the author of the book, “Pageant Land and the Family Who Lived There.” She has been involved in all aspects of the beauty industry and in show business for over 30 years. Karin is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. She and her husband David co-own the local family business - Applause Salon in New Smyrna Beach. (386) 426-5454

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