IS THIS LIKE SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO BE?
Or automatically become?
And why are there these special, all-cringeworthy words for getting older?
Why aren’t I the same person, granted, in somewhat different form? More bouts with that chronic illness that periodically take me off to OtherLand. You know, the one where you don’t live. Least not if you take life for granted. Your physical life, your mind. Which my illness—really, more of a defect, an inherited genetic defect—blows all to hell. The body produces a killer chemical, it builds up in those lacking the enzyme that would keep it in check. Whereas you, you lucky dogs, you just piss it out.
Naw, not this whole time I haven’t blogged. What that’s about is … I don’t know what that’s about, except I think it’s lousy to walk away from a blog without a word, which is what it looked like.
I am of two minds about this whole blogging thing. Anymore. As is any writer worth her salt. The Of Two Minds thing. Like wouldn’t it be cozy to be … a different person. One of those women with followers. On the other hand—no, not on the other hand, this is the way it is. Writing, being a writer, the stance the voice takes, that isn’t something you choose, but something that grabs hold of you and says what it will. You’re as curious to see what comes out them little fingertips as the next person; it’s all news to you, and—I prolly said this before— also ever so much better, more authoritative and interesting, than the plain person.
I think this is interesting. I think this is a hell of a way to live—and for a while there, I did’t want to know how I lived, didn’t particular care. One of the things I don’t give a damn about anymore—and the list grows longer by the day–is Insight. Least not the kind that pepper the web like mouse droppings: That which passes for thought.
So I see by the web, by the blogs, that I am supposed to be entirely different at this stage. Cute. Diminished. Creeping that much closer to the Dark Precipice, but you know what? This whole enfeeblement thing—there’s age, but while I don’t look the same—god, I was gorgeous at forty-eight—it is the inside of things that counts. I am such a believer in the interior. The unseen. The not yet born. You start typing or wielding that paintbrush or whatever it is you do … and that enormous pulsating cloud of humankind’s thoughts and dreams—where is Jung when you need him—the whole point is to be able to participate in that. Like little zaps of bright light, it comes through you, while you with your human body, you give it a kind of life.
I’ve said nothing about becoming/feeling older. Hey, you couldn’t stand too much Zo all at once.
Still the Lucky Few says
It’s a pretty powerful post. Bring them on! But I’m afraid it’s going to take enough posts to circle the globe to change our culture’s idea of aging!
Bill has already said it, and my post is but one example: The Revenge of the Hippies. As a participant to The Sixties, I can attest to the astonishing power of an idea whose time has come, an ethos that catches fire. Though we do have to be the change we seek …unquote.
Arthur James says
Yes , where is Carl Jung when you need him the most ? And as we get older we get into a care-a- damn attitude of imperfection . And with our hormonal balance getting totally unbalanced.and haywire , we get into a perpetual spin , and this sort of trips our aging grey cells into super speed mode . Its like going back to the future !! And we don’t care as we have nothing to lose , simply put . But that is the irony of life , bitter yet sweet and AGING , YES , IS BEAUTIFUL . Accept it or perish . Simply put , yet again . — Arthur James
Dee Dee says
LOVE this! I’m still here
Gaea Yudron says
Excellent–I resonate….today I am working on a piece of writing about why the sweet little old lady thing is not for me. Here we are.