Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

It’s the 12th month of posting a blog for #WATWB on the last Friday of every month. The aim of the blogfest is to spread good news in a world that seems increasingly unstable. With the good news of humanity in action the negativity is lessened a little.

I’ve chosen a recent post that I found in the started by Brent Lindeque here in South Africa. The link for my post is below.

When Elizabeth Ann Robertson’s husband’s died in 2010 she had to start a new life for herself.  She moved to be closer to her daughter in Somerset West, my old stomping ground in the western Cape a very ling time ago. What I loved about this story is how she took the bulls by the horns and graduated with a Master’s degree from Stellenbosch University at the age of 74.

So, one woman’s story of how it’s never too late to learn something new. I’m inspired – I’m aware that my choice this month is not about one person’s brave deed or kindness that helped out another or others; it’s about a woman taking her own life into her hands. I’m hoping that all who read it may be similarly inspired.

Thank you to our co-hosts this month: Belinda Witzenhausen,  Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein  Shilpa GargEric Lahti . Do pop by and say hello to them. Their stories are bound to be wonderful. Add your name to the link below if you’d like to be part of #WATWB. You can add your name to the link here. Keep your story short, provide the link and mention why your choice of story is inspiring to you.

Thank you for reading. Have a blessed Easter and/or Passover. Keep safe. Keep centred. Let your light shine.

40 Comments on #We Are the World Blogfest

  1. We need good news! I know about being forced to restart a life. Thanks for this story of a woman who did just that. One of my options was going to graduate school, but instead life brought me in contact with Jill Swenson and Swenson Book Development. Working with Jill was demanding and fruitful. My version of graduate school.

    • We’re continually graduating it seems to me. Irrespective of what age – which is what helps to make life interesting. Thanks Elaine for coming by 🙂

    • Thanks Robbie! Did you take part in the #WATWB …? I’d hate to have missed any contribution you may have made? Likewise with the A-Z ..?

  2. what a great post Susan, am so impressed by her courage, determination and she is a beautiful example to all women who stop learning after retirement. I am glad to read as I believe that there is no end to learning and learning is a life long process, thank you for such a motivating post and appreciate you for sharing:) Happy Easter to You and Your Family, wishing you God’s abundant blessings !!

    • Thanks for coming by Genevive! Glad you liked the post! Happy Easter to you and family and all God’s blessings 🙂

  3. This is a great contribution to #WATWB. What a wonderful and smart woman to earn her degree at an age when many of her peers [I’m guessing] are doing less and less– whining more and more. Elizabeth Ann is my kind of gal.

  4. They say, we turn not older with years, but newer every day. So, there is no age limit on learning. Thanks for sharing Elizabeth’s inspiring story!

  5. I got my college degree at age 55 after returning after I had left many years earlier. I doubt whether I’d go any further, but I commend this lady for having gotten hers at the age she did. Actually I wouldn’t mind going back if I didn’t have to pay for it. Too expensive for my pension.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • That’s amazing Arlee for getting your college degree age 55! This is a lovely example as well! There are many study resources available online if one wanted to pursue them at little or no cost .. not necessarily with a higher degree at the end of it ..

  6. When one’s life changes so dramatically, it can be difficult to step out and explore a new life. I so applaud this woman’s dedication. This is a lovely story, Susan. Thanks for sharing, as it does make the world brighter. Happy Good Friday!

    • Glad you enjoyed it Gwynn! Life often can and does change dramatically – and if an eg buried passion can come alive after that, then that is wonderful indeed, along with the dedication … Happy Easter to you!

  7. Hi, Susan – What a perfect story to share. I believe that it is about bravery, and about inspiring others. What a wonderful example she has set.

    • I was so happy to share it Donna, and if you link to Belinda’s link, one of the #WATWB co-hosts, it really is an amazing story! a 6 min video …

  8. Hi Susan – I love the idea of learning … and Ancient Cultures would be fascinating – kudos to Elizabeth … thanks for this … cheers Hilary

  9. This IS a lovely and inspiring story Susan. It’s so encouraging to hear stories of those pursuing what lights their heart, no matter what their age. And I must say studies in field of Ancient Cultures sounds pretty fabulous to me. May we all continue to learn and contribute to the inspiration of others!

    • Thanks Deborah for coming by! She is an inspiration indeed! We need not ever stop learning – there is soooo much that is fabulously interesting – 🙂

  10. Dear Susan, Thank you for sharing this inspiring story! A post graduate diploma in “Ancient Cultures, “wow! I would so love to study this subject! In fact, I’m going to have a look online now and see if anything like this in a nearby college or university for me, or take a mythology class. Somehow this article has ignited a fire in me! Have a blessed Easter yourself, in sisterhood and in soul, Deborah.

    • Thanks Merril – suggested to Deborah above re: linking into Belinda’s post – although I’ve FB’d so you will see it there …

      Chag Pesach Sameach to you and family 🙂

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