The Enbrace Of Life


The life of babies

The life of babies

The Joy of the youngest

The Joy of the youngest

I will be sixtythree in less than a month. Age,  the subject no one really wants to talk about but we do. We wouldn’t want anyone to imagine that we are worried about our age. From the teens years on I usually hung out with those younger. This wasn’t a conscious choice, but it was one on a subtle level .The sixties and seventies, were for me, filled with protests, loud rock and roll and many things I had no control over.

Those were the days

Those were the days

The idealistic teen years

I thought I would live to be 25. My goal was to have fun and make a difference in the world And I read and read and danced and read and listened to people when they talked. I tried to put it all together because I hadn’t found a “how-to” book for those wonderful, confusing and freedom making years.

A group of yound adults

A group of yound adults

Be free, be kind, have compassion

Be free, be kind, have compassion

As a young woman, I protested, I help to start a Domestic Violence shelter, I became a psych nurse, I learned to laugh until I couldn’t stand and to cry as if my heart were broken in two. I was on the board of directors for many non-profits and helped to start, “The Women’s Roundtable.” It was a networking group for business and professional women. I hiked in the Alleghanies and danced naked on top of a mountain.

I learned about the world and formed a strong dislike, nay horror of hypocrisy and injustice. I actually went through 3 major careers and learned which people brought good energy with them and who didn’t. Music was the tapestry of my life. I dated many musicians. They are still my favorite people. Never boring and filled with the same creative juices that I am filled with.

middleagedphotographer

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Middle aged woman trying photography

I feel I have lived a full life and have plans for more adventures and new experiences. These middle years have seen me change. I am still an idealistic rebel but when I retired for health reasons, I began to write and paint and dream. I am happy despite the fact younger people don’t want to hang out with me as much as before. I never expected to live this long but since I have this part of my life must mean more that the other parts together.I started winning awards in my young adult years. The one I am most proud of is “The Marquis Book Whose Who of American Women.” I won that in the late nineties.

I don’t have a “bucket list.” I never used to plan. I lived in each moment. Now that I am teetering into old age, I have decided to continue to embrace life, to love everyone as much as I possible can, to talk to teens and young moms. I don’t have a feeling anymore of when I will die, but I intend to go after living and loving fully. I will go out with a bang of color and noise. Wear purple ladies, do all the things your kids would frown on, laugh until you cry, may your final act on this planet be a kindness.

Give your love away and you will be continually filled.

Give your love away and you will be continually filled.

When it is your time, gather the memories, the love, the kindness and fly away. Your soul knows how to get home!

When it is your time, gather the memories, the love, the kindness and fly away. Your soul knows how to get home!

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9 thoughts on “The Enbrace Of Life

  1. Clanmother says:

    Well said – profound and life-affirming. Thank you.

    “When it is your time, gather the memories, the love, the kindness and fly away. Your soul knows how to get home!”

  2. godtisx says:

    I love your love for and response to life. You’ve really been “here,” (present) and quite honestly that’s more fire than half my generation and the one comin’ along. Love people like you – those who have thoughts and feelings about what is happening and act on them, lovin’ along the way. Keep leaving your mark, happy birthday…… xoxo

  3. So much truth in one place. Thank you

  4. I find myself nodding my head and saying to myself, yes that makes perfect sense.

    Thank you

  5. tersiaburger says:

    You write so beautifully! What an amazing life you have lived. And shall continue to live….63 is the new 43!

  6. RoSy says:

    Living life to the fullest is what you’ve done because that is who you are. And – that is wonderful. To infinity & beyond! :)

  7. adinparadise says:

    Lovely post. I definitely wouldn’t say that 63 is “teetering into old age.” :D

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