This is what Edna has been saying to herself over and over lately as she got into the swing of clearing out the accumulations of stuff in her home. She has added a new word to her vocabulary – neuroplasticity. This is a term used to explain how the brain is not a fixed quantity, say by middle age, and that we do not lose function as we age. No, the brain is constantly changing and adapting, especially if we maintain our interest in the external world. So Edna has been going through her things and recalling events in her past when some of the items came into her life. She has decided that some things are worthy of telling their story, so she is jotting down notes about them as she goes along. She may or may not keep the item, but she is freeing herself from some obligations to the past by taking photos, writing the story of her stuff, and sometimes placing it in a sell or donate box. By re-inventing herself, she is giving herself permission to move forward with her life. She is letting go of unfinished craft projects and considering learning to play the piano. She is also looking forward to attending the program put on by Spectrum Generations in Damariscotta called “Imagine Your Future – Reinvent Yourself as You age”.
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