“We don’t lose our beauty because the years pass and we get old ~we lose it because we forget to listen to our Hearts.” … Susanne
Even when I was young I used to watch people. It allowed me to come to some relatively firm decisions about how I wanted to live my life. Observing taught me a lot about people in general… and in particular …about elderly people. As with any group there was variety but one thing really stood out for me … and that was that so many of the faces had great big, permanent frowns carved into them. Right there and then I made myself a vow: “I am not going to frown so much that it becomes a permanent feature on my face!”
A lot of years have passed between here and there … and I’m happy to report that I do not have frown lines that extend from the corners of my mouth all the way down to my chin. In fact … despite everything … I don’t seem to have any frown lines … which is not to say that I am wrinkle-free (wouldn’t that be nice!??! )… but rather that my lines seem to be predominately those that come from years of smiling genuinely … laughing often … and choosing to cannonball into the pool of happiness whenever possible.
I have learned to appreciate that the faces that I see … both The Elders and The Young reflect the thoughts … emotions and challenges that each has faced in the past and are facing in their current lives. And more than that … each face shows me how easy or hard the individual found it to transition through aforementioned challenges. I see entire lives upon each visage.
Like everyone else … my body is older. I have learned to listen to my Heart, Miss Perky, Ms Sunshine and Capital “L” Life with minimal discussion. Consequently I like to think that I am at least a smidgen wiser. I know that I’m oodles happier than at any other point in my life and so … all–in-all … I’d have to say that life is pretty darn good. When I look in the mirror these days I still see the same bubbly, optimistic soul staring out of my eyes who shone there when I was 18. I like to imagine that others see her too … sparkling in my smile … dancing in my walk and shining out of eyes that have seen much … and love life greatly.
Arinaste Everyone (From my heart to your heart)