From where I sit on the sofa, there is a small chink in the curtains at one dining room window. And the angle is such that I can sense the rapid movement of cars on the street beyond my neighbor’s yard and sidewalk. Without even looking up I feel (see?) flashes of movement. It reminds me of how we can look back over our life experiences and they too can have a rapidity of movement. Is it so long ago that I sat on the porch step, pregnant, looking at the mountains, clouds, birds, the garden, the children? Taking deep breaths and thinking; I’ll always remember these moments. Why yes, that time was ages ago, waiting for my 4th child. Born in 1983, she is now 30 years old.
“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” -George Burns
Yesterday I watched a musical performance by a favorite group. I want to share the Young@Heart chorus with you. Tears ran down my face as the members sang with elementary school students. The chorus is composed of retired women and men who live in New Hampshire. At this point they’ve produced several CD’s, have toured Japan and the Netherlands and of course across the U.S., and performed with some music stars. The leader takes rock music hits and with this group transforms them into musical magic. I love watching them, and admit to singing along. And usually crying too. Sometimes hope can be justified by an action of others. And such is the case here- at least for me.
“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” -Lucille Ball
“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” -Charles Schultz
So I’ve been thinking about “forever young” since yesterday. When I was in my 30’s a woman I knew and worked with, probably about 55 to 60 years old and quite out of shape, let’s say, showed me her wedding pictures. There was a beautiful young woman, svelte, wearing the latest 1950’s fashionable wedding gown, in a size 4 or 6. Looking pensively at the photo she remarked to me; inside I still feel like that young woman.
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” -Madeline L’Engle
What’s most important to me is experiencing life. Enjoying nature. Spending time with people I can laugh with, reminisce with, or argue, converse and engage. Trying new things, whether a new recipe, a new vacation spot, a new idea. And along the way; getting enough sleep, having chocolate in the house, meeting new people and dear friends, and a large amount of knitting “wool” available for my use. Oh and a large stack of books to read. I’m sure I’ll think of other things I should have included here, but that’s not my point. Life is a grand journey and I think allowing ourselves to experience and enjoy our lives, is the “forever young” part that we all want to grasp.
“Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.” -Jennifer Yane