Unexpected Freedom

Note— I ran across this story and although it is not new, reading it again instantly made me feel spry. I hope you enjoy it…

“I am now, probably for the first time in my life, most like the person I have always wanted to be. Sure, I sometime despair over the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging chin. In fact, I am often taken aback by noticing that old person in my mirror, but I don’t agonize over it.

I have a wonderful life and I would never trade my amazing friends or loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. I’ve become kinder to myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avant-garde on my patio. I am entitled to overeat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I can say ‘no’, and mean it… I can also say ‘yes’, and mean it.

Great freedom comes with aging. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4a.m. or sleep until noon? I will walk the beach in a swimsuit that is stretched over a bulging body, and dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set. They, too, will get old!

As I get older, it is easier to be positive. I care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong. I like being old because it has set me free.

I genuinely like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what will be. Today, I wish you a day of ordinary miracles and the unexpected freedom of aging with joy.”

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