A Seeker Looks at Sixty
She nearly died before she had a chance to live
Six weeks old, in an oxygen tent
Innocent, sweet, stubborn
But she fought – and won
and spent her first decade
Dreaming of being an astronaut, a farmer, a veterinarian
Dressing up to play nurse to her sick grandfather
Mourning the losses of her heroes
Less innocent, still sweet, stubborn
in her second decade
She grew tall and strong
Resisted the pressure to fit in, to be like them
Traveled alone for the first time; began to understand this big, beautiful world
Experimented with life; discovered love, sex, vices
Experienced, sweet, stubborn
her third decade delivered
Expected milestones and unexpected opportunities
Graduations, marriage, job, house, baby
Exciting travel, deep learning, artistic and spiritual awakening
Lasting, powerful friendships
Wiser, sweet, still stubborn
inside her fourth decade
Life filled her up
With practicality, responsibility, drive
Supermom and super worker
Accumulating awards and things, but not enough memories
Tired, sweet, stubborn
so, during her fifth decade
She entered The Way of Harmony
Even as she fought a growing feeling of discontent
Proudly, she watched her son become a man and set out on his own
She explored her own independence and renewed her commitment to her one true love
Revived, sweet, stubborn
her sixth decade brought
Passion-filled work, stronger relationships, magnificent new adventures
She relished time with her love and wild things
Nourished her spirit on her mountain and by the sea
Found her way home where she was needed
Graceful, sweet, stubborn
and there she stands, on the edge of her seventh decade
Content in the moment
Wondering what magic is yet to come
Waking up to all that is possible
Feeling love, light, and gratitude
Grateful, sweet, stubborn
To the seekers.
To the sixties.
A life well lived! So glad I met you!
Thank you, Rita. My life is enriched by friendships like yours.
Happy Birthday Deb!
Thank you, Connie.
Happy birthday and here’s to a new decade, Deb!
Thank you, Jo. I hope you’ll be a part of it 🙂
I’m so glad you were born!
That’s very sweet of you to say, Meredith. Thank you.