This is an important moment for me! This is the first blog I’ve ever written. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but wasn’t sure how to do it, where, when, or even if. And finally, now here I am. People say that blogs are like a diary (do I hide it under my bed, lock it with a key? Tell it all my secrets? It seems like a wonderful place to share my thoughts with you, or what I do.) It’s going to be fun sharing my thoughts with you, outside the context of a book. So here goes….
I decided recently that I am at what the French call an ‘ungrateful’ age, i.e. a bad age. Maybe the right word is an ‘awkward’ age. But what age isn’t? People say terrible things about every age. Two year olds get a bad rap, and I’ve always found them adorable. Then there is puberty when you’re supposed to be awkward, obnoxious, have bad skin and fight with your parents. At that age, getting a pimple before a party could ruin my life. No one knows what they’re doing in their 20’s, at least I didn’t. In your thirties, you start to worry about getting old (and 30 year olds nowadays, some at least, start playing with Botox to get rid of wrinkles they don’t have yet but fear they will). And in your forties you think you are old (and aren’t). And turning fifty seemed so horrible, it nearly killed me. And everything after that has been truly scary. I got a letter the other day from an 80 year old friend who said “ah to be 70 again!” So why is it that we always think we’re the wrong age? What if we are really the right age? I think I like that idea a lot better. So maybe I’m not 15 anymore, or 24, or even 32. And maybe 40 does feel old sometimes, and 50 even scary. But there are benefits to every age, we get smarter as we get older, have more experience, get more relaxed about life, figure some things out even if it takes a few times and we make mistakes at every age. And people look great at every age these days, take care of themselves, look sexy, and have babies way later than they used to, if they want to. Every age has its beauties, victories and joys. So maybe my commitment today, on this first day of my blog, is to enjoy whatever age I am, and you enjoy whatever age you are, without feeling that you’re on the wrong side of the age fence. I think the youngest people I know are those who don’t care how old they are. And I love the saying that ‘love has no age’. So whatever age you are, try to enjoy the beauty and fun of wherever you are today. And thank you for reading my first blog!