2022 is a big year for me - and a few of my friends, as well!
In March, I will be completing my 65th trip around our bright, beautiful, life-giving sun. And with it comes all of the benefits afforded - Medicare, Social Security, retirement. How I ever arrived at this age is beyond me. I swear I was 21 just yesterday!
Each morning when I awaken, I peer at the world through the same eyes that I have looked through all of my life. Without the aid of a mirror, I would believe that I am the same person I was so many years ago.
But, the mirror is there, and I see the changes that time has bestowed. I'm not complaining. And though there are many things that I can no longer do - like a cartwheel (I'm sure I'd break a wrist) - there are so many things that I can do that I love. In fact, there is a lifetime supply of things that I enjoy. I feel fortunate.
A lovely woman on instagram @iconaccidental is writing a book entitled How To Be Old. She is dedicating it to her mother who taught her that it is never too late to reinvent and make the world what you want it to be.
That word "reinvent" got me thinking about how I am going to live these next years of my life. To me, reinvention is definitely the key to aging gracefully. Our bodies do not allow us to remain the same but constantly push us towards metamorphosis. Our challenge is to change our minds to complement the changes in our bodies.
For me, staying in somewhat constant motion has been important. The phrase "use it or lose it" rings true. Without movement, we lose fluidity. And I believe this applies to not just our bodies, but also to our minds. If we don't push ourselves to expand, we stagnate.
To quote Dylan Thomas, "I will not go gently into that good night...."
And to quote Hunter S. Thompson, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
And so, with each passing year, I try reinventing myself. I continue to push myself to learn new things. Painting is one of those things. As long as I learn and improve, I consider myself a success. Most importantly, it brings me joy and enhances my ability to observe subtleties of the world around me.
My plan for the rest of my life, Lord willing, is to keep doing what I do, until I can no longer. At that point, however, I will not stop, but will simply do the next thing... and the next. I hope to be known as that slightly odd, little old lady who lives in the woods with her chickens, cats, and donkeys. I hope to be able to care for my animals (whomever is alive by that time), and tend my gardens (though I'm sure they'll grow wilder over the years), wear long, flowing dresses, gather eggs, and paint and write of the beauty of my world until the day when the eyes of my youth finally close. If, by that time, I am ever compared to Tasha Tudor, my life will be complete!
And yes, an eternal optimist, I have always looked at my world through rose-colored lenses. I will also be the first to admit that I am very lucky, and for this I am filled with gratitude.
I understand that we do not always get to choose the path that our life takes, for there are many influences beyond our control. But we do get to choose how we manage our days and how we frame them.
My Mother always said "Life is not a dress rehearsal." That lesson always stuck with me. Thanks, Mom.
You might notice that today's blog has nothing to do with today's photos. The photos were shot yesterday as we worked around the farm, and later as we ran a couple errands.
On the subject of painting... I painted this on Monday. Then I threw it out into the internet to a group of painters and asked for tips.
Yesterday I repainted it, utilizing their tips.
We have much to learn from others. If there is something you long to do... DO IT! Re-invent yourself! It's never too late!
---The Spoon Theory--- It isn't how I choose as it dictates my days, but I'm so thankful for what I can do and always think, it could be so much worse.
Bev, I am your age(I will complete my 65th trip around our bright, beautiful, life-giving sun in Sept) and we (my husband and I) have reinvented many things. Our dream is a log cabin, so we have had renovations done to our home to give it that log cabin feel...I feel blessed for sure. I also have a lifetime supply of things that I enjoy. A cartwheel...... the landing wouldn't be pretty. Sorry to bend your ear. xoxo
Thank you for your perspective. It's great growing older with an optimist! ;0D
In thoughts you are pure, you are real, never hollow!
You live life - in fulness,
Of this there's no doubt!
You'll be like "Tasha Tudor"
When your "light goes out!"
But hopefully that time is never too soon,
cause we all like your blogs that we read before noon!
Keep being your self, dear artist, (so fine!)
And know we all think you are truly divine!
Love, from a lady who's soon 78
( Not ready to pick locks at the Pearly Gate!)
Still inventing, but looking at what all you do
And thinking that this is what I'd like to do!
I also have Tasha Tudor goals!
I saved it . . . ❤️
And oh my yes . . .
I love the second painting!
You encourage and inspire with such Grace . . .
I love the thought of reinventing ourselves. I remember my mom saying the more you do the more you want to do. I find that to be true.
Thankful for mothers who imparted their wisdom.
Living each day as only we can individually is really all any of us can do! Some find it easier to do then others!
I shall be 79 come August! ☹️ I'm not sure how that happened either! LOL
The 2nd lighthouse picture is a winner ... beautiful!
"After changes upon changes,we are more or less the same." In spirit, but yet ever growing in awareness, I think.
Thank you for this wonderful post.
LOL = Laughing Out Loud :-)
Thanks for being you! Love your final picture too!