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I had 4 items on my bucket list which I thought about when I was a teenager.

1. Go to a desert  and see what it offers

My parents were driving across country and we came across a huge desert, usually when traveling I'm reading and didn't pay attention.  But, when  my brother said " Cathy, this is a desert". I jumped out of the car and stood looking off into the desert- oh, my God, it's a mirage.  It looked like a hotel in the distance, looked I yelled.  I ran toward it but it got further away and I laughed- yes- my bucket list.

2.  Go to Mars- anyway possible- I haven't gone to Mars, yet, but I did do a report on the planet extensively in college.  I realized that there were people living there at one time but were hit by a meteorite that devastated the planet to almost extinction, now they live underground.

3. Go to Russia- It was always my dream to visit it.  Someday, maybe

4.  Go to a South Pacific island, not Hawaii, but someplace else.

My dream came true when I met the most friendliest person ever, a man, from Tonga, the Friendly Islands.  I married him and went to his island, much later in life. Tonga consists of 52 islands. It also has a monarchy, ruled and governed by a king.  Tongans are the most friendliest people ever, they will literally give you what they have, but you must always give them respect, never look down on them.  They say they are very poor but they own their own land,have beautiful families and loads of Love and Compassion!

 

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That is MOST wonderful!!

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Good for you and congratulations on your advanced degree. We should start a "mature college graduate" club! I got my Master of Science in my 70s and also got reduced tuition on PhD at age 78. We can be an inspiration for the younger generation.
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Always wanted a college education so at age 53 I started twelve yesrs of study and got a Liberal Arts

degee, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science by age 65. I was the oldest in my classes and got half price tuition at age 60.

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  • 3 Novels  with over 12,999 words written.
  • Birthed - The Gentle Revolution of the Heart.
  • Purchased a House
  • Fell into a Sacred Path Relationship.
  • Wrote thousands of Poems.
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I watch videos and learned to alter my maxi dresses to midi length. I also does crafting and photography transferring photo prints to canvas and loving it all very relaxing.

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When I graduated high school I wanted to go to college, and was accepted into first rate art college. My parents woudn't let me attend, as they thought that girls should learn to clean house, have babies, and have a job to fall back on in case her future husband was out of work.  They sent me to a women's secretarial school, which I hated.  Later I married, had children, got divorced and worked at three jobs simultanously (days, nights, and weekends) to support my sons and me.  Later I got a good job (also remarried and got a good husband!), and at age 70 I retired with full benefits.  My sons were grown and had homes of their own.  Now it was my turn.  I entrolled in an online college in natural health and after four years earned a bachelor's degree and graduated with with "highest honors".  Encouraged by my sons and new husband, I enrolled in the master's degree program in Herbology and was offered a substantial discount if I committed to continuing on to the doctoral program when I finished the master's program.  I took them up on their offer.  I finished the master's degree program and it was "Onward"!  I worked hard on the courses in the PhD program, with the most difficult, but also the most enjoyable part, being writing my dissertation.  After submitting it, I waited.  And waited.  Etc.  Finally I recieved an email from my advisor.  "Dear Dr. Iris", it began!  At age 78 years and 9 months I was Dr. Iris.  I'd earned my PhD in Natural Medicine.  This month I'll be 80 years old and write articles for an online ezine.  Sometimes they're on herbs or other natural health related topics; sometimes they're just fun, such as my article on National Naked Gardening Day.  The brain keeps growing as long as we keep them active.   

 

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I have accomplished my bucketlist of becoming a successful Radiology Professional as Professor and cofounder of the Harlem Hospital School of Radiology Technology and achieved position as Chief Technical Supervisor with Columbia University and a member of the 25Yr club where I worked for 41 years.

After Retirement, I travelled the Caribbean, Europe including England, Asia including the Philippines and Japan. Visited  Egypt - the Pyramids, the Sphynx and sailed the River Nile and now that I'm a Grandpa at last, then I wrote a memoir of my life's journey to motivate and inspire everyone titled: "Grow your wings, fly away and build your nest" and accomplished the bucketlist of a gracious book signing at Barnes and Noble in 2013. An excerpt is available on youtube and on amazon.com many find it motivational and inspirational and I urge everyone to read, share and rate on amazon. Thanks for being on the bucketlist with me as we travel on the 'bucket of life'

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@LindenJ358051 wrote:

After a lifetime of expressing my gender as female, I finally transitioned to male, the gender I have always truly been.  I began taking testosterone at the age of 63.  I am now 67.  It was a wonderful decision.  Whatever time I have left on this planet, I will live as who I am.  Anything else I accomplish will pale in comparison.  The desire to be who I was never went away.  Now, I feel at peace.

 

Wishing you nothing but happiness for the rest of your life ~ the best is yet to come! Heart


 

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After a lifetime of expressing my gender as female, I finally transitioned to male, the gender I have always truly been.  I began taking testosterone at the age of 63.  I am now 67.  It was a wonderful decision.  Whatever time I have left on this planet, I will live as who I am.  Anything else I accomplish will pale in comparison.  The desire to be who I was never went away.  Now, I feel at peace.

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