Rockbiter, you asked the question, "What about me?"
My chronological age is 68 years old. Without a doubt, my 60's has been my best decade ever! In my 60's I've healed from major trauma when I was a child. Loving myself and liking myself has been my best lessons learned.
Facing my fears head on and conquering those fears has improved my life dramatically. Instead of being afraid of sports and feeling inadequate, I now embrace doing sports I didn't understand, because no one had ever taken the time to show me how to do any of those things. Now I am learning how to do inline skating. I'm learning how to swim, instead of being afraid of the water. I am excelling in bodybuilding. I love riding my mountain bike in the hills of Scottsdale, AZ. I can watch football and enjoy it, instead of trying to figure out what is going on. All because loving men took time out of their lives to teach me.
I knew I was gay all of my life, but always hid it from everyone. I even tried to pray my gay away! I played straight so well, that when I did come out, I surprised the hell out of friends and family. In my 60's I came out. Weight that I had been carrying around on my shoulders was suddenly lifted and made a crashing sound as it fell off my shoulders and into an abyss, never to be seen again. Another fear faced and removed.
Four years ago I was diagnosed as being diabetic. I did the diabetic diet and lost weight. But when I decided to start working out 2 years ago, what a blessing that became... 1 year ago I was told that I was no longer diabetic... because I wanted to workout, body build and improve my body. I never expected that I was going to rid myself of diabetes too.
Because of working out, my body went from an overweight and weak body that I wanted to hid, to a body that I am very proud to show off. Men started looking at me instead of ignoring me.
Because of the healing work I have done in my 60's, I have gotten rid of the pain from physical, emotional and sexual abuse when I was a child... I have removed my father from out of my head and out of my life...
Several people had been telling me that I had to forgive my father for what he had done to me. He has been dead for 20 years now... so physically that would be impossible. But, on the day of my 68th birthday, January 30, 2013, my therapist looked me in the eyes and said, “What the hell are you carrying him around for?” “You don't want to let him loose do you?” “You seem to have this hope that he is going to miraculously appear before you and say 'I love you Murray!,' but it will never happen!” “Do you like carrying him around on your shoulders?” What my doctor said hit me straight between the eyes. Later that same evening I worked on all of that at my MKP, ManKind Project meeting. I have processed the results of the work I did that evening.
But since that night, I realized that I had gotten the best birthday present ever! I've had this overwhelming sense of peace and being grounded come over me. That night has created such an amazing healing within me. HE IS DEAD! I have released him out of my head. No longer do I hear him telling me what to do. No longer will he create fear in my mind. He can't hit me anymore. Now that I have gotten rid of him, I can move on with NO weight on my shoulders... I don't have to carry him around anymore!!!
So Rockbiter, to answer your question... By far, my 60's has been my best decade ever!