Thursday, May 25, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
I feel at this age I can go overboard and be as ridiculous as I want.
— Miriam Hofmeier
A real blessing of growing old is the freedom it gives us to be who we really are. Of course, we could have been our real selves our whole lives. No doubt some of us were. However, far too many of us struggled to impress others with the person we thought we ought to be, and in the process, we lost a lot of real living. Fortunately, it’s never too late to project the real us.
Do we know for certain who we really are? Age is no guarantee that we do. Living through others is not so uncommon, unfortunately, and if that describes us, then we still have the task of discovering who we really are. But let’s think of it as an adventure rather than a task. It’s a journey, one that promises to be full of surprises.
We have earned the right to speak our minds. We have earned the right to whatever beliefs appeal to us. Most particularly, we have earned the right to spend our days fulfilling whatever dreams we want. We’re lucky.
Being as silly as I want to be today feels good. I have it coming!
You are reading from the book:
Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey