Cheryl Smith #atinylife ageing

I have a birthday soon, one I once imagined I’d never reach. I expected youth to last forever, but at around fifty, it finally became clear that it wouldn’t, it hadn’t, and it would never be mine again. That was a decade ago. Time now for a brief review.

In my fifties, I have, among other things:

  • Deepened into sickness, and got better
  • Made friends
  • Lost friends
  • Changed location, and changed again
  • Explored my depths with shamans and sacred medicines
  • Bidden farewell to all of them
  • Seen my nest empty
  • Become a widow
  • Learned to grieve
  • Questioned the nature and existence of happiness
  • Proved myself wrong
  • Seen my name on a book cover
  • Met myself in other incarnations

At thirty, or forty, or fifty, these things were as unimaginable as being sixty was. Was youthful me so lacking in imagination?

Special Birthday

 

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