My Guru Me:
Here’s to Ageing; a privilege denied so many. I choose to embrace it wholeheartedly; which is a good thing because with any luck it will continue to happen to me naturally. That’s not to say it doesn’t feel strange sometimes. It does. Like when finding the latest wrinkle -or smile line as I like to call them, and thinking to myself–‘how did that happen over night?’ Only to realise it didn’t because there are lot’s of them there. Some finer than others, all fighting to tell the story that created them.
I remember realising, after years of dyeing my hair (I prefer me as a blonde or a reddish brown brunette rather than a natural light brown) that my light natural brown was now a natural light grey. I agree, grey is beautiful, but the brunette will be around for a while longer yet I said to me. And that’s OK. For now; it feels a little less strange that way. I think it’s OK if I take some more time here and there to grow gracefully into the older me.
As my grandmother explained beautifully at the ripe old age of 90-something, when she was till around- our thoughts and feelings don’t change that much. The person we are on the inside -the voice inside our head, really doesn’t age. It is our body; the us on the outside that does. Our amazing workhorse of a body carries us around our entire life -keeping the vibrant inner us safe. Sadly we know that sooner or later that body, at some stage, will most likely wear out or give out -possibly because we spend most of our lives flat out!
So; because I can, today as I get ready to celebrate another birthday; the inner I will say thank you to the outer me, knowing that throughout my life she has bent over backwards to accommodate me in ways that were necessary and many that weren’t. She’ll never really know how much I love her for doing that. Moving forward, I promise I will try to be as kind to her as she has been to me- because that hasn’t always been the case.
Thank you my strong, adaptable body… I am grateful for all that you have done and continue to be.