Re-thinking Our Lives…From Success to Significance

Dear Reader:

I am a television volume control operator when I am reading a book but just want to glance at an interesting program occasionally when I look up from the pages.

Up and down goes the volume … this past Sunday I finished the seventh ( next to the last book in the Edisto Island Mysteries) so I made a snack and turned up the volume… I heard a. nice-looking gentleman exclaim : ” Two-thirds of all humans who have ever lived on earth past 65… are alive today! “

” WHAT?… Seriously?”

Before I could recover from that amazing fact… I heard “One half of the children born in modernized countries today-will, not only celebrate their 100th birthday, but some could see their 150th”!!!


The PBS program was called “Life’s Third Age” with Ken Dychtwald. I think most of my Baby Boomer friends ,who were teachers and/or state employees, were happy to just have our state retirement and Social Security benefits … add a small tax/deferred annuity and a life insurance policy and pray hard it would carry us into the sunset.

Instead I hear the commentator project that marketers are now turning their attention to the new Baby Boomer market because many still have thirty more years of life. Consumers over fifty… now account for more than half of all spending and they control over 70% of our country’s net worth! .

Obviously I wasn’t ( and still aren’t) in that Baby Boomer group and obviously they weren’t teachers. But hey… since I was diagnosed with cancer in 2008-and since I was eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits… my mind/boggling medical costs have been basically covered with me picking up a minute leftover amount. The medical costs far exceed the total amount I was salary paid throughout my long teaching career- crazy right? Good crazy but still crazy! God IS GOOD!

And that brings us to the most important question we all most answer? What are we going to do with the years we are given? Do we want to be remembered as a successful entrepreneur or remembered as someone who made a significant difference in others lives?

And it isn’t that we can’t do both… but it does require some re- prioritizing-learning to include others and their welfare in our future plans. Remembering to add lots of new materials and colors to our tapestry of life. A tapestry that made a significant difference to other lives.

So until tomorrow… It is time to consider what a world with a billion people over sixty will look like-how the influence of this age segment will affect society, business, politics, health care and the marketplace . ( I think if they look like Tom Cruise… we should be okay!) 😅

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

One thing we must remember is not to stop dreaming when we ” retire ” -the possibility of a whole new frontier is calling us-we have time!

Today Berkeley County Schools and Dorchester Two schools started their first day of school with Charleston starting Wednesday! Everyone got off to a great start!

After visiting with Ben -I dropped some back to school bags off for the kids and then Mollie and I celebrated the first day of school with lunch out! 🤣

Sarah, Mollie’s photographer friend, is also creating outfits-like the adorable dress Mollie is wearing!
Our grown-up eighth grader, Ady, had a great first day back and so did mom! A good start for everyone!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Re-thinking Our Lives…From Success to Significance

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    That is amazing information you shared today….young adults do spend a lot more time than we did working out etc…I always hoped that I was burning calories while cleaning cleaning house…plus all of the other things you do while raising a family and working…I would think they will age better.

  2. Beth says:

    Your grands are adorable!

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