I was born the same year as the Peanuts cartoon strip. Gasoline was 14 cents a gallon and milk was a quarter a gallon. The first Univac computer, the size of a room was available for commercial business.

A couture designer dress at Saks Fifth Avenue almost $25.

Aging is not necessarily bad: The years have brought wisdom for me to share: If I could talk to the age 5 Anita Mitchell in that picture, this is what I would tell her:

“Everything you need in the world you already have. Do not look to others for your happiness, it must come from within. To have a good life, you have to live it so you can stay away from things that cause you to be hospitals or courthouses. Uncomfortable shoes will ruin your day.

Be careful about who you choose as a partner because a lot of your happiness and a lot of your misery will hinge on that relationship. Find work that you love: A spouse is not a financial plan.

Spend time and energy on people who you love and care about you. Let the rest go.

Avoid getting bogged down with material things and activities. There is peace in empty spaces.

Some relationships have expiration dates. Free them and yourself.

Then treasure the good stuff.

The world really is your oyster.*
*Meaning. THE WORLD IS AN (ONE’S) OYSTER – The proverb first appears in Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (1600).’Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny. Pistol: Why, then, the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.’ Act II, Scene II.”

Me age 5