THOUGHTS ON TURNING 65
Things I know now that I wish I had known then . . .
I love being 65.
Here are 20 things I know now that I didn’t know then.
I’m still learning–so there could be another 20 things coming soon.
1. I am whole and complete and deserving of all good. So are you. What a relief.
2. I am responsible for my own happiness.
3. Self-care is a gift I give myself and it supports me in being able to support others, if that is my task to do.
4. I am not waiting anymore–for anything, or anyone.
5. Love is a profound and sacred force.
6. Gratitude is a powerful prayer.
7. I never let anyone silence me; that is, I will not “contain myself”!
8. My parents were perfect for me; and my children and grandchildren are my greatest teachers.
9. If I want peace in the world, it must begin with me.
10. I make my decisions based on love, not fear.
11. I would rather be happy than right. (For years I chose being right over being happy. Geez . . . what was I thinking?)
12. I no longer care what other people think of me. (Learned this a few years ago when I was concerned about that a dear friend kindly said, “Susan, people don’t really think about you that much!”
13. I no longer absorb pain from those around me. Rather than absorb, I observe. I hold a space of healing and love when it feels right to do so.
14. I live in the present moment. (Okay, not ALL the time . . . but that’s the plan!)
15. Money is not the root of all evil. I can’t help others by being poor. Money can be spent and shared with generosity.
16. I have given up judging other people. We are all doing the best we can with what we have to work with at the moment.
17. The most important thing I’ve learned about forgiveness is that it is not for the other person. Forgiveness is for me, when I’m ready. I often have asked myself, “Do I want to heal it or hang on to it?”
18. I love aging. Each morning when I wake up, I think: “I get to live another day!” How cool is that?
19. Dancing feeds my soul. I love my Nia practice, my students, and my teachers.
20. I nourish my body with healthy food; my mind with joyful and expansive thoughts; and spiritually, I align with the Divine. And sometimes I forget, and that’s okay.
What are you learning as life offers itself to you? I’d love to hear!
Photo credit: Roberta Nelson