I am not feeling any older than I did five short years ago. Not even ten years ago, maybe. I am in the same physical shape. A bit thinner actually (though I am not sure this is a good thing). Not as strong. Smarter, for sure.
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” Madeleine L’Engle
My thoughts aren’t particularly those of a (little older than) middle-aged person. I do feel wiser after going around those blocks.
“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” Margaret Atwood
So then, how in the world did I become a person who has a 24-year-old child?
I am convinced that most people do not grow up. We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias. Maya Angelou
Where did the time go? So imperceptibly, it moved, that I almost didn’t hear the whirr.
“There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time.
Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.
Milan Kundera (Who is this guy? He is the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being (good book/movie))
The speed is dizzying!
“Just remember when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” Charles M. Schulz
Stop. Just stop.
“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now. “ Marcel Proust
In my morning prayers, I always ask for moments, minutes, entire days for which I am fully present. Living. Because “time and tide wait for no man” (Who said this? A quick google search gives credit to the poet Geoffrey Chaucer)
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” Henry David Thoreau
I am desperately trying to maintain my zest for life. Be excited by things. Little things. Am I running out of time for new adventures? I desperately want to be interesting. Feel interesting. I still want “you” to think I am interesting. If nothing else.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. Mark Twain
Sometimes I look in the mirror and all I see are dark circles and deep crow's feet. Other times, I see the twenty or thirty year old looking at me. Many times I like what I see. Sometimes, when I’m tired, especially, I don’t. And I think to myself, “Where am I?”
And I always notice the eyes. "Where is the crystal blue?".
“I may be a senior but so what? I’m still hot.” Betty White
She's funny, and I wish.
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. Coco Chanel
Yep, my daughter turned 24 yesterday, and to think she believes she’s old!!!
First, I want to know how it happened, then why she didn't ask me if she could grow up so fast.
And why don’t I feel old enough for that?