Friday, June 21, 2013

I've Finally Grown Into My Age

"Oh you!"
This is that time I caught myself by surprise
and took a picture of myself. We crack me up sometimes. :)

I believe that I have finally grown into my age.
You know how a little kid with BIG ears will be told that he will grow into his ears someday.
I think that I have now grown into my age.

When I was a teenager I was always called


This made me so mad!
I wanted to be fun, silly and carefree. 
Being WILD was not even on my radar.

I would like to say that I was an old soul, but that conveys a sense of contentment with oneself and I seldom came even close to feeling that. 

Rather than an old soul....I was more often thought of as a 

Party Pooper
Stick in the Mud

I kept waiting for my blossoming to happen.
When would I become a glamorous woman like Audrey.
Would I ever grow up enough to wear stiletto pumps and beautiful dresses.

Now I look back and I know that I missed that window somewhere along the line, I am no longer in my 20's, 30's or 40's even!
If I did hit that blossoming of perfection stage, it must have lasted about 5 minutes because I have no recollection of it.

But NOW I have grown into the woman I have always been. 
And I have permission to be the sensible one, the one with sage advice and gentle warnings. 
I do not worry about looking "with it". I pull on the jeans I have worn for over 5 years and I don't care if they fall in the "Do Not Wear" category in a ladies magazine, because I can get away with it at my age.

No, it's not a matter of "giving up" or "letting myself go". I will not do that.
It is taking a nice deep breath and EMBRACING my age and who I am.
It is being content enough to smile graciously as I walk through walmart and get lots of wonderful smiles right back.

I have grown into my age at last.
No one will dare me to do a parachute jump or take up snow skiing. 
A skimpy bikini is not expected.
It's Ok that I refuse to drive long distances if I don't want to.

I'm a couple of years from 60 and I love this place.
The sensible, responsible and mature person can come out of the closet and just be herself without apology.
I've finally grown into my age.


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  1. Yahoo! Let's party! lol. Hugs. I'll just slink back into my own closet, thank you.

  2. They say you're only as old as you feel...that being said, some days I must be REALLY old! I'm a couple years on the other side of 60, and there are times when I think I'm still a little girl not wanting to grow up. (or old). I never was very clothes savvy, (if you noticed my evening gowns in some pictures I posted on FB from high school homecoming. Even tho I have to "dress for work" every day, I keep it as simple and comfortable as my position will allow. When I get home, I have my comfy house "uniform", stretchy black (not tight, just stretched out) capris, with lots of bleach spots, paint stains, etc. splashed about. Same for the shirt...I never think before I start spraying bleachy stuff around and it always gets on me. I think I am going to tie-dye all my clothes and be done with it for good! Yeah, I totally understand your position and place in life. It's a comfortable place to be. AS long as our hubbies love us, that's really all that matters...!

  3. Ah, this is beautiful. You are beautiful. I too was born with the curse of sensibility, so I know how you feel xx

  4. Shoot, I've hardly ever been called sensible (or responsible or mature, come to think of it)...but maybe I'll grow into myself someday too. You inspire me.

  5. I will be 59 in two months. And my grand daughter dares me all the time.
    Last dare-and a promise of $1 if I did it-was to lick the door at a fast food restaurant. Yeah. I did it.
    I think I have much growing left to do.

  6. Ahhh sweet freedom from expectations. Lovely acceptance. :)

  7. I like your thought that you have grown in to your age, I think I will adopt it for me. Actually I think I am there already. Way to go girlfriend!

  8. It appears that you've grown rather nicely, might I add. Finding that place of contented acceptance is something many will never achieve. I'm glad you've found it.

  9. Wow; what a wonderful discovery! I've finally started to grow into my age too (I'll be 68 in the fall). Now, 68 may sound a bit frightening, but that's who I am.

    So, have fun being who you are.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

  10. Beautiful post. I'm not quite there on the whole embracing myself and my age yet. I think I want to be like you when I grow up! :) Nicely written.

  11. Good for you! I hope to emabrace my age graciously as you have..two years from 50 and I've heard these years are the best to come! So here's to living large in God's grace!


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