I MADE IT TO 57!ALL IN ONE PIECE AND READY TO ROLL! *CLICK THROUGH AT YOUR OWN PACE
Dearest Family and Friends,This is a milestone birthday for me. Because Through out her life her angelic face oftenof my Mother. She was quickly gone at the made it difficult for people to see beyond herage I am now. Suddenly her life was over, exterior to her amazing talents, intelligencewithout ever having experienced the gift of and sensitivity. Because of a life time of thisage. she felt betrayed by her body as she aged.I wish she could have loved and cared for Early beauty is a dubiousherself more. She was so smart, creative blessing and in truth aand a truly gentle spirit. I imagine the fun burden.we could have had together ! Her as a little To me she was foreverold lady and me as a slightly younger little beautiful, but she didn’told lady. Knocking down walls and tiling see it that way and felteverything in sight! She used to say, “If I compelled to try towas young again, I’d apprentice as a maintain the illusion ofcarpenter.” So funny coming from her youth. By cutting away atdelicate little self! her physicality she held the hope that this finallyShe was always so full of projects and ideas might make her feeland fun! A true artist who never reached worthy and wanted.her full potential...but sometimes whispers itto me. At the same time…
She abused her body not only withsubstances but withanger, frustration, unhappiness andresentment. At the end of her life sheclosed herself off and left without a word.The diagnosis brought utter surrender. Sheleft no diary, letters or thoughts. I don’tblame her. I miss her. I regret that shedidn’t and couldn’t love herself more.Her life was precious, my life is preciousand your life is precious. Because we havethese bodies each and every one of us isable to be here and experience all that theearth has to offer. Suffering and joy. Lovefor each other and love for life.Call it what you will.Contemplation, meditation, pondering orconsidering. Plant a seed of love foryourself and let it grow. Then take a moment to consider…
The Bliss of Being in a Body!Our bodies are our “Ticket to ride!”You must have your body to be herewith everyone you love and everyonewho loves you.So please take care of it! Do what youcan to make it last. We all leave this lifeeventually, but I just want us all to stayawhile and enjoy the journey. Because Ilove you!It’s a darn good thing that our bodiesare so forgiving! I think of all thephysical and mental abuse I heaped onmy innocent form when I was youngand it’s a wonder it still serves me sowell! Back in the day…
Young me constantly thought I was fat andblamed my poor body for all that “fatness”! Fat? Bahahaha! I’d love to be so “fat” now!Old me has periods of fatness but I don’t lay theblame on my innocent body with indignant disgust!I know I’m not “accidently fat.” Pudging up is fun!I did it and big fat deal! No one but me and my pantseven notice!Young me was tortured because of my flatchest and wildly curly hair.Old me really only cares to lose weight so my Young me was afraid…chest can be flatter and out of my way when I dance!Old me is happy when my ridiculouslycurly hair makes my now silver hair look thicker!Young me worried about failure, what otherpeople thought, disasters and “what ifs? ”Old me doesn’t dwell on what people think, Old me is not!doesn’t worry about failure and I now know thatmost of what we stress about never happens! Older is Better!
This is the GIFT of aging and I wish it forall of us. So Mom, whether you meant toor not, you did leave me with a few veryimportant concepts seared on to mybrain… Don’t waste time suffering when you have the power to change it. Don’t waste your talents. Don’t waste a moment of your life living in resentment and regret. Thank you for that. Now that I’m old, I’ve become very wise! And I’ve discovered…
The Secret of Life isSimple!So simple we insist onmaking it complicated.We all can experiencehappiness, love and joy.Right along with the sadness,loss and pain of life. All you have to do is…
Bless me, bless you, bless justbeing!Start the day off with one simplethought. God Bless me. God Blessmy family, God Bless the world.Whatever you think God is, even ifyou think God is not, it does nothurt to send out a blessing.Bless your body, bless your day,bless everyone you love andespecially those you don’t!Simple huh? Then…
Experience the Grace ofGratitudeFor a happy relationship withyour life and your “Ticket toride” cultivate gratitude.Is my heart still beating? Score!Can my eyes still see? Sweet! DoI get to strap the feed bag ontoday? Delish! Am I surroundedby family and friends? The best!Everywhere. Everything.Everyone. I am grateful for it all. Next give yourself…It’s all awesome!
The recharging, revealingenergy of being alone.Learn to love being alone!Alone there is no onslaught ofothers thoughts, judgments orexpectations.No distracting or draining needs tofill.When you’re alone you have tostart listening to your own sillymind chatter.That’s a good thing…If you can’tself reflect you’ll end up suckingthe life out of someone else. Andthat’s a super creepy thing to do! After that be sure to…
Have fun!Sing!Dance!Celebrate!Don’t let a day go bywithout fun and laughter.Not a day.Don’t live in fear. Live infaith.Look for the good.Hope for the best.Love your family andyour friends. Lastly, be sure to remember to…
Practice Acceptance – Don’t be a hater!No criticism allowed! No good ever comes of it.You’re in exactly the right place, doing exactly theright thing.You’re perfect and beautiful.Every one of you.Relax and enjoy your life and all the wondrousexperience of being here.
I remember the very moment this picture was taken. If only that young girl could have known even a sliver of what lay ahead. The joy, the sorrow, the magic! The blessing of lifelong friends, the treasure of family. New friends, growing family, renewed connections. Puppies, babies, sunsets, spring times, summers, gloriousautumns, and long cozy winters. A wonderful life, ever changing. I wish such wonder for each and every one of you. You have all made my life a joy.