BENEATH THE SWEATER AND THE SKIN
How many years of beauty do I have left?
she asks me.
How many more do you want?
Here. Here is 34. Here is 50.
When you are 80 years old and your beauty rises in ways your cells cannot even imagine now and your wild bones grow luminous and ripe, having carried the weight of a passionate life.
When your hair is aflame with winter and you have decades of learning and leaving and loving sewn into the corners of your eyes and your children come home to find their own history in your face.
When you know what it feels like to fail ferociously and have gained the capacity to rise and rise and rise again.
When you can make your tea on a quiet and ridiculously lonely afternoon and still have a song in your heart
Queen owl wings beating beneath the cotton of your sweater.
Because your beauty began there beneath the sweater and the skin, remember?
This is when I will take you into my arms and coo, YOU BRAVE AND GLORIOUS THING, you’ve come so far.
I see you.
Your beauty is breathtaking.’
~ Jeannette Encinias
Gratitude to BJ Garcia for passing this poem on to WildlyFreeElder. Look for her new Elder Spotlight SOON!
Aging with vitality, grace, self love and compassion, along with a huge dose of humor, is our greatest accomplishment. After all, getting older is something many will never experience.
The Japanese say – Shi Bui – which translates as the beauty of aging.
Rather than being a fall away from beauty in all of it’s meanings, aging can be the revelation of beauty, the time when the inner radiance becomes visible for all genders.
Shining from the inside out our natural presence is honored by finding dignity, reverence, belonging, resilience, humor and wholeness – from within.
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Created by Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, August 7, 2020