Turning 75: Embracing the Golden Years with Joy and Gratitude

Turning 75: Embracing the Golden Years with Joy and Gratitude

After dedicating 42 years of my life to the real estate business, I often get asked if I have any plans to retire. My usual response is, “I’ll retire when I no longer find joy in what I do.”

This June, I reached the milestone age of 75, an age where most individuals have already retired to savor their “Golden Years.” Let me tell you, at 75, I still possess the same energy I had when I was 25, if not more! I genuinely relish working with clients, spending time with my extensive family, and overseeing two companies—Corcoran Ferester Realty and Lovebeans Charity Coffeehouse.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting countless people through my work—clients and fellow realtors who have become dear friends. I’ve been blessed with many wonderful years, filled with cherished memories. I’m profoundly grateful for the fascinating and incredible individuals who have shared my journey.

As I contemplated how to celebrate my 75th birthday, I decided to organize a “Celebration of Life” event, gathering my loved ones and closest friends. I know the term “Celebration of Life” often brings to mind funerals or memorials for those who have passed away. Yet, that was precisely the sentiment behind my choice. Why wait until it’s too late to share stories, hugs, and laughter with the people who mean the most to you? Do it while you can be there in person!

The party turned out to be a resounding success, etching beautiful memories in my heart and the hearts of my family and friends who attended. My four children traveled from different parts of the world, as did most of my grandchildren. As is customary during significant milestones in our family, my talented loved ones composed a song that brought the house down with laughter. Even with a few embarrassing stories they shared, I wouldn’t have traded that evening for anything in the world.

So, the moral of my story is simple: Don’t wait to express your love and appreciation to your friends and family, and allow them to reciprocate those sentiments. And if you’re inclined to continue working past the age when most people retire, I assure you it will make your “golden years” even more precious.

As I reflect upon turning 75, I embrace this new chapter of my life with a heart full of joy and gratitude. I am thankful for the energy that fuels my passions and the opportunity to continue making a difference. Life is a precious gift, and every moment spent with loved ones is worth celebrating.

-Beth Ferester

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