Friday, March 18, 2011

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend..

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore... I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.

** this was sent to me by a friend .. how appropriate!** Everything is true, 'cept my body doesn't bulge so much anymore .. thanks to Spark People & my friends on here!

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  • GLORYB83
    Great blog Joan, loved it, thanks for sharing!
    2377 days ago
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    2377 days ago
    I totally agree! With every decade we change our perspective. We usually have lost someone will loved and admired. It makes us look at what is important in life and not just at what we possess. I love being in my 50's, I am looking forward to my 60's and beyond!

    2378 days ago
    Love this blog... it is so true. When we find out we don't keel over and die from every imperfection or failure... it gives us power. We stop worrying so much about what others think and are free to live, love, laugh, cry and experience LIFE!

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