Single Baby Boomers Discover the Secret to Happiness
At over 60, author thrives on "honest, fun relationships"
SAN DIEGO — According to the U.S. Census, almost 30 percent of baby boomers are single. And while that may be a startling statistic for some, Patty Bialak is a honing example of why the emerging lifestyle works. After three failed marriages, she's learned that you don't need a ring on your finger to be truly happy.
Bialak lives a healthy, active lifestyle in San Juan Capistrano, California. She works as a freelance Certified Public Accountant, teaches yoga and goes hiking daily. In her new book, What Now? A Memoir of Self-Realization, Bialak reveals her journey to happiness and why she believes life is all about living authentically.
"At over 60 years young, I am surrounded by many friends — both male and female — who are either caught in the trap of searching for some romantic fantasy or have given up in bitterness," says Bialak. "But more and more of my friends and associates are beginning to realize that it's pretty nice to live alone and have honest and fun relationships without facing financial ruin when they change, fail or simply stop being fun."
As a baby boomer, Bialak grew up during the sexual revolution and was exposed to an endless amount of possibilities. This era had a lasting influence on her and she quickly discovered that life is about living authentically.
"My generation really did change the world by redefining sexual boundaries and by embracing alternative lifestyles," says Bialak.
What Now? takes readers on a journey through a troubled youth, bad relationships, an escape to Europe and back to the U.S. After three divorces and a strong relationship with a gay man, Bialak was introduced to recreational vehicles by a much younger man. The two took off together on a life on the road.
And while that relationship ended too, it led Bialak to a solo journey across North America showing her that life is what you make it.
"Finding your passion means doing all the things you enjoy and never letting an opportunity slip by. When an opportunity presents itself and your first instinct is to say, 'I could never do that,' do it anyway," says Bialak. "After all, Colonel Sanders was in his 70s when he founded his empire of fried chicken."
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