I began writing this post in response to the WordPress Daily Post’s photo prompt Half and Half, featuring my photo of a magnolia tree against the intense blue of the California sky.
The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.Maya Angelou
For me this year has been about moving gracefully (and often not so gracefully!) into the third stage of my life. I am learning to embrace the changes that are happening to my body (that big M). And surprisingly enough, I’ve had some rocky moments getting used to being retired! I take great comfort in this quote by Maya Angelou. She is an amazing example of a woman who has embraced every part of her life.
If we become juicy crones and not merely older, then this is a time when we are wiser and more appreciative of the good that comes our way, including knowing how lucky we are to be alive and healthy.Jean Shinoda Bolen