Joyce Neal’s passion for life is infectious—and she clearly has no intention of slowing down any time soon. Joyce, can we go on a Granny Going Wild trip with you? Let’s get to know this Elkton, Maryland resident a little better.
What is your occupation?
What are you passionate about right now?
Living the most enjoyable, adventurous, healthy, stress-free life I can at 75. Keeping off the 101 pounds I have discarded off my body in the last 2 1/2 years. Embracing each moment of my life and being thankful for my family, friends, and waking up each day. I enjoy spending time with my red hat sisters. Just loving life.
What is the most important thing you do every day?
Embracing my third career, becoming a writer. Being grateful for what I can do, instead of worrying about what I used to do or what I can’t do. Making sure I eat healthy each day. Trying to strengthen my body with increased activities.
Who is your role model for Aging Boldly?
My longtime friends of over 40 years who travel with me on Granny Going Wild trips. We laugh, we have pajama parties, we eat, we gamble, we shop, and most of all we accept and love each other unconditionally, even though some of us are cranky at times.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
Never saying I wished I had of, because I intend to do whatever I want, within what I think is reasonable.
Do whatever makes you happy. Live by your own rules, even if you march to a different drummer.
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
Movie: Black Panther. All James Patterson’s books. TV: Greenleaf.
What countries are on your bucket list?
South Africa and Dubai—scheduled for April 2020
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
Originally a New Yorker. I am happy right here in Elkton, Maryland
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
I pray hard and try to find some positive reasons for what is happening.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
Living life and writing about the last glorious 10 years. Still fitting into all the new clothes I bought 10 years ago. But, shopping for new ones because they are outdated. Traveling so I have more to write about. Laughing about some of my adventures the last 10 years.
What would you tell your younger self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Life is too short to worry about things that are out of your control.
What did we forget to ask you?