- Posted September 3, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics
1983-Things to Remember/Things to Forget
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Here are some photos of me back when I was in my mid-twenties. Divorced with a two year old and an absentee father, life was really busy and not so hopeful, but I took a job at a health club, taught aerobics and became a successful sales manager and began to think about a different future.
A lot has gone on since and I am happy to have become the person I now am.
Then, I was a Democrat, questioned religion, smoked Virginia Slims, was really thin, dated occasionally, and started soon after a career in travel, earning my first degree in business and tourism and continuing my education from there. I am not so thin now, but I still love to have shoulder length hair, although not so puffy!
I still faithfully watch Jeopardy, have quit smoking over twenty years ago, still love red/coral lipstick and have gained a whole bunch of new friends overseas, and stay in touch by Facebook and Skype with everyone here and there. I don't exercise incessantly any more if I can help it, I eat a lot more healthy dishes and drink a lot less coffee. I was a fan of hard rock and I still am when the mood strikes me, along with Michael Jackson, Motown, the violin, celtic ballads, country duets and opera which is my absolute favorite.
I still love walking and swimming, have given up boxing and running, still vote regularly, still read historical fiction and the newspapers, don't visit Florida any more but instead go to so many places around the world since my Peace Corps service happened. I am now a blessed grandma, don't date anymore, never wear shorts, color my hair when the gray strands appear, and tend to enjoy a whole lot more than I ever expected to back then.
I am a Republican, prefer life in the south and have taken up much more writing and photography. I attend church regularly as an Anglican but was raised as a Catholic, I do still love to cook, now teaching others to love it also and lastly, I still love the beach more than any other pastime.
But I guess change is inevitable and I expect that in twenty more years, it will also be so.
Here are a few photos I dug up:
One of my parents and I at their 25th Anniversary party at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, RI (Married now 56 years)
One of me on Miami Beach, during my training with Eastern Airlines (I wear tankinis now)
Another Florida picture of me with the big hair taken with an old beau who along with a few others over the course of twenty years didn't make the grade.
One of me with those so 80's shorts! (I still have the .
chain belt but certainly not that waistline)