Posted by: Admin | November 24, 2012

The Saturday Interview 33 – Sandie

Live music-lover, Sandie, doesn’t believe in regrets. “Regrets are a waste of time,” she tells me when we meet at her home near Worthing, “the only thing I would regret is not travelling, not seeing different cultures, people, architecture.”

 Having divorced, amicably, after 26 years of marriage, Sandie now lives alone on the South coast, close to her ex-husband and their adult son and two daughters. Both girls are married with small babies: Barney, 3 months and Belle, 6 months.

“I have hope that there is [romantic] love in my future, but I’m fine as I am,” she tells me. And growing older, it seems, holds few fears.

Though she was generally happily married for many years, Sandie explains, “I used to be quite a fearful sort of person and I feel that led to me feeling as if I had lost my identity.” So what happened to change her? “I got tired of being afraid. I realised that I have one life and it’s up to me to choose how I live it. No one else – it’s my choice.”

Now she chooses to embrace life, celebrating turning 50 by sky-diving. “that was an awesome experience. I’m determined to do as much as I can: laugh every day and choose to see the positive in life.”

Formerly working in the City, Sandie changed her job recently and is now re-training for a career as a Health and Safety Trainer.

“My new role gives me more time for family and time to walk by the sea.”

Ah yes – the sea. As we walk along the seafront together with talk about how Sandie feels at home living on the coast, and I ask about her hopes for the future. “Job satisfaction – being the best I can be at work – is a bigger driver for me than money. But I would like to earn enough for more travel.”

Staying curious – I believe that is one of the secrets for enjoying life after fifty, and Sandie has a delightful sense of curiosity. Curiosity,  generosity and openness – she invited me to stay overnight with her after a single telephone conversation. It was lovely to meet you, Sandie: you inspired me and I’d love to know what you get up to next!

More photos were published on my Celebrate Life! blog on Thursday – I’d love to see you over there!

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