So…I am turning 37 in a few weeks and…well it has me reflecting a bit.
(portrait by the DMV age 21)
Since turning 30, life in general has been quite wonderous and often wonderful, particularly when I compare it to my dreadfully dramatic 20′s, but I think the best part of aging has been that the not-so-wonderful times get easier because…(to paraphrase something I recently read):
As you age, it’s no longer about ‘weathering the storm’, but learning to to dance in the rain.
Which is so true it made me laugh.
(self portrait at age 25)
Aging is about settling into joy, into yourself, into life. There are so many wonderful things about it, well enough to make the sagging, wrinkles, grey hair, and fat acceptable…and that’s saying a lot. You feel a shift occur as you age, from the physical and superficial, to the intellectual…to the heart and soul of loving…which can make a person quite beautiful. As Audrey Hepburn noticed,
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
(portrait by Michelle Wild age 36)
As I step into 37…I do so with grace, and…a mischievous wink!
(self-portrait age 36.75)