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

Sensible 
Responsible
Mature

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
Chicken

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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12 comments:

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

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  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...!

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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)

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  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.

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  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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