Hands that are work-worn from years of toil are a sign of character, someone who has worked hard all their life
Wrinkles that line an aged face tell the story of a life well lived.
A back bent or a cane-assisted walk tells the tale of a body that has journeyed far and done much. Eyes and ears that no longer work as well as they used to must have, in their day, seen and heard amazing things.
These physical changes are but a reminder that the passage of time has a natural effect on the human body, and what is wrong with that? Why are we so determined to fight the natural aging process? Sure, I want to age in a healthy manner that allows me a long time on this earth, but I don’t want to spend my time, energy, money, and emotional well-being on worries that I don’t look good enough.
I am drawn to a natural beauty, be they young or old. So I am hoping that as I continue to age, I can maintain myself in a manner that pleases me when I gaze into my mirror. I may not ever be satisfied completely - there will always be ways I think I can improve, wistful thinking about what once was, but I am pretty sure that I can talk myself down from doing any drastic procedures.
No, I want to be one of those beauties, inside and out, that my friend, Kathy admires. I want my hands, face, body, and senses to inform me of the places I have been, the things I have done, the events I have been witness to. I’m okay with the changing landscape of my face. It’s my map to where I’ve been and to where I am headed.
It is, to be sure, the Cycle of Life.
By the talented artist, Carole Bourdo