A Lifetime of Wisdom Through the Years - Kerrie Prior

Kerrie Prior, a vibrant senior citizen with a wealth of life experiences and a heart full of stories to share. Born in Norton Street, Leichhardt, Kerrie’s journey has taken her through different stages of life, from the simplicity of childhood to the complexities of adulthood.

Now, at this reflective stage of her life, Kerrie takes us through the significant milestones, lessons learned and the joys that continue to bring her fulfilment.

Kerrie’s early years were spent in Greenacre near Bankstown where she attended school, was married at 19 and started a family with three children. Reflecting on her life, Kerrie fondly recalls the joys of getting married, the excitement of buying her first home and the sheer joy of becoming a mother. “Being a mother, I thought that was pretty good,” she says with a warm smile.

One of her favourite memories is from the Greenacre Bowling Club picnics, where families gathered and Santa Claus delivered presents. These simple memories have stayed with her, reminding us all of the importance of cherishing the small pleasures in life.

Kerrie’s working years were diverse, ranging from a stint at the Rural Bank to a long and fulfilling career in retail fashion stores, Suzanne Grae and Silhouette. Today, she finds enjoyment in activities like bus trips, reading and trivia. While she used to play netball when she was younger, Kerrie acknowledges the changes that come with ageing and so focuses on the activities that still bring her joy.

Family holds a special place in Kerrie’s heart. She proudly speaks of her three children – Kylie, Rebecca and Nathan – and her 90-year-old mother. Her grandchildren, each with their unique stories, are the “loves of my life.” Kerrie’s advice for maintaining strong connections is simple yet powerful: honesty and being aware of what’s happening around you.

As for the younger generation, Kerrie emphasises the importance of honesty and finding happiness in one’s own skin. Reflecting on her own life, she believes that being truthful and open is a key to success and fulfilment in the long run.

When asked about the ageing process, Kerrie acknowledges the changes but emphasises the knowledge and wisdom gained over the years. “I think I’ve become quite knowledgeable as I’ve grown older, yes. And smarter,” she shares with a twinkle in her eye.

One of Kerrie’s core life lessons is centred around the value of truth. “Tell the truth. I know a fair few liars out there and it doesn’t get you anywhere in the long run. Be honest and open. I think that’s a good thing,” she advised.

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