Quotes by: Gail Sheehy

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Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.
Gail Sheehy
Eventually, all mentor-disciple relationships are meant to pull apart, usually sometime in the mid-30s. Those who hang on, eventually the mentor drops the disciple, and that's no fun.
Gail Sheehy
I'd visually have that idea. I'm diving off the end of the diving board. I'm not going to be worried about if I'm going to dive into a jellyfish or the water's going to be too cold or the boys are going to beat me. I'm just doing it. And if I do it, it's a good chance I'll make it.
Gail Sheehy
Over the next few years the boardrooms of America are going to light up with hot flashes.
Gail Sheehy
Family caregiving has become a predictable crisis. Americans are living longer and longer but dying slower and slower.
Gail Sheehy
Back in 1968, when I was 30, my entire life blew up. I had a life plan, and it collapsed for no rational reason.
Gail Sheehy
I keep returning to the central question facing over-50 women as we move into our Second Adulthood. What are our goals for this stage in our lives?
Gail Sheehy
You don't have to feel confident to act confident. In fact, it's the most important acting job you can learn.
Gail Sheehy
Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough. Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Socially responsible enough. When you have self-respect, you have enough.
Gail Sheehy
This is something caregivers have to understand: You have to ask for help. You have to realize that you deserve to ask for help. Because you need to keep on working on your own life.
Gail Sheehy
When I was immobilized by fear, I might have a panic attack. I've had a couple of panic attacks in my life.
Gail Sheehy
No sooner do we think we have assembled a comfortable life than we find a piece of ourselves that has no place to fit in.
Gail Sheehy
If you're the person living closest to the parent who's going to need help, and you take on the whole role of primary caregiver, you can be pretty sure your sibling who lives farthest away is going to call you and say, 'You don't know what you're doing.' Because they're not on the spot, and they probably feel guilty.
Gail Sheehy
Stress overload makes us stupid. Solid research proves it. When we get overstressed, it creates a nasty chemical soup in our brains that makes it hard to pull out of the anxious depressive spiral.
Gail Sheehy
I actually interviewed other people about myself, and that alerted me to the fact that I had to really investigate my memories.
Gail Sheehy
In the first phase of shock over, say, your mortgage being called in or your job washed out, it's essential to engage with others and share the fear, release the feelings, do fun things to take your mind off it.
Gail Sheehy
I'm a liberal, but I think there's so much that the private sector can do and does do.
Gail Sheehy
In 2009, I served as AARP's Ambassador of Caregiving. With a producer and cameraman, I traveled the country for months, interviewing hundreds of caregivers.
Gail Sheehy
Most women have learned a great deal about how to set goals for our First Adulthood and how to roll with the punches when we hit a rough passage. But we're less prepared for our Second Adulthood as we approach life after retirement, where there are no fixed entrances or exits, and lots of sand into which it is easy to bury our heads.
Gail Sheehy
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