I’m turning 60 near the end of this year and as feels appropriate, my desires are shifting. Changing. Ripening.
I admit to some trepidation writing to you about aging as the subject is still somewhat taboo in our culture.
I had a famous friend say to me recently when I wished her happy birthday, “Don’t tell anybody how old I am.”
I had two reactions to what she said: I get it and ouch, that’s sad but again, I totally understand.
I don’t want to hide my age.
And I don’t want to age gracefully. That sounds boring to me, like when my dad told me to “be a lady.”
I don’t want my age to define me with its tightening of fear and attachment to comfort but I also don’t want to pretend to be someone I no longer am.
Richard Rohr put good words to what I’m experiencing:
Ripening: that’s what I’m up to.
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I’m not one of those creepy people who make it hard to unsubscribe or email you again nine years after you’ve unsubscribed. Giving me your email is like a coffee date, not a marriage proposal.
I’m also intrigued by how different I feel about ambition and goals.
Now the feeling I have about writing another book is open-hearted curiosity completely unattached to shoulds or my identity. I might, I might not. I’m open.
(If you want help writing your non-fiction book, however, I’m all ears and very excited to help. I’m booking clients for January 2022.)
I’ll write more from the edge of 60 so stay tuned.
How do you feel about aging? Hit reply and tell me.
GOOD STUFF I’VE BEEN WRITING, READING, OR OTHERWISE ENGAGED WITH:
I love fantasy and this is one of the best books I’ve read in years, I think you will like it even if you don’t read fantasy. (Note: I use amazon links for your information, buy your books locally!)
I bought this dress and got 6 compliments the first time I wore it. Sustainably made.
How many words should I write a day? New article by me 💪