"I still feel so young inside."
Monday, August 24, 2009
In answer to the question: "Can Streisand, so strong and beautiful at this stage in her life, now look in the mirror and see that?", Streisand responded by laughingly admitting to getting older...then said something that struck a nerve in me. "I still feel so young inside. And that's me in the mirror?"
How many times have I looked in the mirror the past ten years or so and said that very same thing? How many of you have done the same? I suspect enough of us to number in the thousands.
It suddenly hit me today, as I read this article about a woman I admire greatly...that many of us may face this dilemma. The aging of our bodies while inside we feel much younger than our chronological years.
I don't mean to say that I want, or am aiming at retrieving my youth. Nor do I expect on my current journey here at SparkPeople to get back into the bikini I wore in my twenties (even if I still had it). I guess I am talking about a state of mind. Yes...in my mind, I am still young...perhaps late teens or early 20's. I still have aspirations for myself and continue to have dreams of continuing with my art. I still have hope that we as a nation and a country are evolving in a way that our children and grandchildren will have something substantial to build on. I am still certain that I have much to offer my friends and family. I love to laugh hard with my children/friends and giggle uncontrollably with my grandchildren about...well...nothing.
I am, by very nature, young at heart...and I had the sudden epiphany today that I probably share that trait with many, many others...including Barbara Streisand. What I look like to others, and what I look like to myself bears very little resemblance to the "me" I am profoundly grateful to know intimately.
This journey I am on is a necessary one for my future health and well being. I am grateful to Sparks for their wonderful support and nurturing of all my health and exercise needs. But I am most thankful for that youthful spirit inside me that allows me unlimited belief in myself and my ability to succeed in this part of my journey.
"I still feel so young inside." And for this, I am grateful.