Saturday, June 2, 2012

Words to ponder

  I received this in my e-mail from a friend and wanted to share it with you.  I'm sure many of you have read it and if you haven't enjoy

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, 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. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).



  1. I just love this poem! It is so true - there is a lot of good that comes from age too - right? sandie

  2. Hi Elaine, I really enjoyed your post tonight because I can relate to the aging. We do dance to the tunes, the hair turns gray and we are a little forgetful at times, but we have earn the right to do it. Hugs from Your Missouri Friend.

  3. Beautiful! So true... thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you for sharing these inspiring words and I agree with everyone of them.


  5. Elaine,
    I, too, have received this in an e-mail, and I love it every time I read it. How special of your friend to share it with you. I really like that lady picture. Happy Sunday.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  6. Elaine- I have read this before but it is a wonderful piece and says SO MUCH. I agree with everything written there- xo Diana

  7. Never saw this before... But it is amazing!!! Thank you.

    "You have eyes huntsman, but you can not see!
    She is the One!
    I see an end to darkness!"

    "Snow White and The Huntsman"

  8. I like Jennifer Crusie's books..Happy Blue Monday.