Posted by: Admin | August 18, 2012

The Saturday Interview 28 – Michele

Celebrating her fiftieth birthday in May, Michele feels that she is in a better place at 50 than she was at 30.

“I’m happy,” she tells me, “and who could want any more from life than that?”

Living with her husband and two teenage boys, she is also a grandmother to three girls from her husband’s older sons and works as a self-employed, travelling beauty therapist.

“I look at my mum who is still beautiful and vibrant at 82 and realise that there’s nothing to fear in growing older.” We discuss the role that good health and fitness has in enjoying a comfortable old age. Whilst we don’t always have control over either, or over our financial situation for that matter, there’s so much we can do to improve these aspects of our lives.

At the moment, Michele is clearly right in the middle of busy family life, but she still sets out to learn something new every year, such as taking a course in reflexology. She also works voluntarily for a local charity, the Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre (more of which next week) where those undergoing cancer treatment and their carers are offered complementary therapies. This is clearly an important part of Michele’s life and something from which she derives a great deal of satisfaction.

“Giving back” is a theme that runs through many of the interviews I have undertaken for this project – as we reach our fifties it seems to be an innate instinct to want to “pay forward” whatever good fortune has come our way. In my experience, it can be quite difficult to find fulfilling voluntary work – good intentions can be swamped by a mesh of bureaucracy. Seeing the quiet pleasure Michele derives from her endeavours makes me want to try again and batter down a few doors!

Next week will feature an interview with the founders of the Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre who were introduced to me by Michele.

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