One day IT hit me out of the blue. IT was so unexpected IT nearly took my breath away. I was speechless. In casual conversation, I mentioned being a redhead and the other person looked at me quizzically and said “you don’t have red hair.” What do you mean, I don’t have red hair?!?!? Of course, I have red hair. I have always had red hair! I still have red hair! Harumph!
Just like that, IT was there in my consciousness. Maybe, just maybe, my hair is no longer red…. I excused myself to the rest room and looked in the mirror. I had gray hair! I had wrinkles! How did this happen? When did this happen? Why did I not see it coming?
Let’s face IT. Aging happens. We don’t like to think about IT. We don’t really even expect IT, really. IT is what happens to other people, not me! But IT does. IT really wasn’t out the blue, or unexpected. But IT did sneak up on me; gently, quietly, persistently, so that I did not really even notice. Until that day, when I looked in the mirror and actually saw what was there, instead of the vision of myself that resides in my memory, in my view of myself. (I still look 27 in my vision.) The mirror showed me a different picture. I took a deep breath. Okay, I can do this…. I know I’m not 27 anymore…. I’ve known it for quite a while now…. So what if my hair is now pink, it is still a lovely shade….. My wrinkles are just laugh lines…. I am still becoming…..
Now that I have noticed, I can’t un-notice. I am embracing my aging. I am exploring and learning how to age gracefully. I want to be well now and through this second half of my life. I will laugh and play well and eat well and enjoy this time. The best is yet to come!