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Sharing "As I've aged.."

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Created on: 08/21/12 05:59 PM Views: 1547 Replies: 7
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM

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 50's, 60's &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. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM - Response #1

Lynda, Thanks for sharing this. I received this same message in an email from a friend last week, so it must be going around. What a good perspective on aging! Very HappyVery Happy

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:28 PM - Response #2

This is great...sounds like meVery Happy!!!
Mind if I "borrow"???

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM - Response #3

Bet there are going to be quite a few 'shares!'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:14 PM - Response #4

Well said Lynda!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM - Response #5

Lynda that says it all and I might add, thank you Lord for allowing me this time here with my family and friends!!

If I can, may I copy this for our website? Thank you.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM - Response #6

I've never seen this before, but have had some of the similar thoughts. Would you mind if I copy it? I think it would be a terrific epitaph of sorts for the last day of our 50 year reunion at a free breakfast we're attending. I really, really like it.

Edited 08/25/12 8:51 AM
Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 4:30 AM - Response #7

lYNDA, Thanks for sharing this. I haven't seen it before and will share it on our website as well in my senior park's newsletter (I'm the editor). It just says it all! Thanks again. I really liked it!


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