I Am Not Old

“I will most definitely be outrageous, difficult and undignified,
but not until I am old.”
Judith Baxter, Blogger, Mother, Sister, Grandmother and friend.
1938 –
I make no secret of my vast age. I know how very lucky I am to have had such a long and interesting life. Many don’t have the good fortune to reach this age.
I have bored you with this on several earlier posts.
I compared myself to a classic car in Vintage?  “I too am kept in a warm dry house (rather than a garage) away from the vagaries of the weather.  I’m cleaned, polished and primped.  I have regular services, hairdressers, facials, manicures, pedicures, dentists and the occasional visit to the GP”
I gave you fair warning that I wasn’t going to age gracefully ” So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple”
And again in Rambling with an OctogenarianI mused on growing old along with others and said  “When I think of old I imagine an old person sitting in a chair doing nothing active. I don’t want to be that person. I have said in the past that I want to hike into my old age. “
And of course, we all know that Strange Old Lady who seems to inhabit all our houses as we get older – “Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I looked in the mirror and saw this Old Woman looking out at me.” 

Granny on computer

(sigh….. bet that strange old lady is on “her” puter too!) What’s a body to do??????

Then today when noodling around the internet with coffee in hand, I came across this:

I am not old … she said … I am rare.

I am the standing ovation

At the end of the play.

I am the retrospective
Of my life as art

I am the hours
Connected like dots
Into good sense

I am the fullness
Of existing.

You think I am waiting to die …
But I am waiting to be found

I am a treasure.
I am a map.

And these wrinkles are
Imprints of my journey

Ask me anything.

~~ Samantha Reynolds’

I find that Samantha h Reynolds is the Founder and President of Echo Storytelling Agency. She is based in Vancouver, BC and says -“I help great people tell great stories. I also talk on the phone a lot and write ideas on scraps of paper when stopped at red lights.”

25 responses to “I Am Not Old

  1. I like this. I think it’s because I’m swiftly coming upon my 70th birthday. The late Mother Angelica of EWTN (the Catholic TV Network) was a proponent of the blessings of getting older. She felt that our spirit never gets old, and that one of the saddest things was to have a body that didn’t try its best to keep in step with its never-aging spirit.

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  2. I love it that “I am the standing ovation at the end of the play…”and that poem says it all.

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  3. LOve it! Ageism is still rife in many walks of life. I often post younger versions of myself on my profiles to remind people I was once young and still am in my mind and deserve to be treated as an equal in all of my endeavours- mainly through my art. well said Samantha Reynolds! 🙂

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    • Unfortunately, ageism is alive and well all over tge world. We have come a long way as far as women in the workforce, but we have so much further to go to clear the ageism spectre.

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  4. I have posted your blog post on my facebook profile- hope that’s ok?

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  5. Now that’s really good! Thank you, Judith!

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  6. The poem by Samantha Reynolds is right on. My mom is 91, and although immobile, she still has the cheerful smile of a twenty-year-old. Sending hugs your way, Judith.

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  7. Yes, I liked the standing ovation line too . It’s nice to hear others perspectives on an inescapable process, but at least we can do it with style and a smile!
    I’m in agreement with you. It takes a long time to get here, but purple is a fantastic colour and enjoying life’s little pleasures is a gift. Enjoy yourself and your friendships, laugh lots and be content.

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  8. Wow! I’ll follow you!

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  9. Love this! Love bring rare. Like being a rare find. I’ll remind my kids next time I have a senior moment. Need to keep our humor. Older is definitely better.

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  10. I needed to read this today. I’m turning 50 next Spring. I can’t believe it because my heart says I’m way younger than that, & I still have so much dreams to venture. But then, there’s the unforgiving mirror, the wrinkles and grey hair are a reminder to slow down & just try to enjoy life now. To stop chasing the world & pleasing others & just chase for what the heart wants & learn to love self. It’s a work in progress. For now, I will put your words to heart….happy weekend my friend. ☀️🙏

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  11. your blog is amazing!

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