Sunsets, The Gateway to the Stars

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Aging in the twenty-first century is an interesting prospect. With so many available surgical procedures, Botox and fillers and non-invasive procedures like lasers, facials and other skin stimulating treatments, it is a wonder anyone over 50 has even a small wrinkle.
There are two sides in the aging debate; one, pull it, pluck it, tuck it, suck it, pin it, thin it, fill it, dye it and cut it. Then there are those who for financial reasons, commonsensical reasons or just plain self-contentment reasons subscribe to the notion that fighting gravity is futile and aging with grace is the road to ultimate fulfillment. I am of that mindset.
There was a time I thought that I might venture down the non-invasive path when the signs of aging had finally overtaken my face but now that I am there, on the cusp of what was once considered old, I am completely at peace with the process. I refuse to bend to society and its narcissistic need to make everyone look perfect. I refuse to look in the mirror and dislike or condemn myself. I refuse to let what society thinks turn me into a paranoid old lady wondering how people perceive me or worse, an insignificant wallflower ignored by society. I refuse to be like everyone else who thinks that by fixing their chin or eyes that no one will have a clue how old they are. I refuse to be relegated to sitting and knitting as the world around me spins.
I celebrate the last year of my fifties with glee because I survived more than I ever thought I would or could. I celebrate every gray hair as it reminds me of my old friend, the silver lining, which has shown up in my life right after every major storm and there have been so many. I celebrate every wrinkle and every smooth spot knowing that soon they will merge and all the lines of my life and every path I took will envelop my face. I celebrate the sags the bags the bum drop, the ski slopes, the liver spots and waning vision as I know it is my time to multiply and exercise what cannot be seen. I had my youthful day in the sun but sunsets are so much grander and they are the gateway to the stars.

Ariaa Jaeger

Ariaa.com

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The 57th Road – A Lifetime in Reflection

The 57th Road – A Lifetime in Reflection

By Ariaa Jaeger

In my life I have learned that having good character and pure integrity are the keys to inner peace.

In my life I have learned that serving others is an honor and is the key to inner joy.

In my life I have learned that loving myself is the key to perfect health.

In my life I have learned that giving of myself is the key to humility.

In my life I have learned that kindness is the key to peace.

In my life I have learned that laughter is the key to maintaining a youthful spirit and appearance.

In my life I have learned that failure is the key to resilience.

In my life I have learned that self-respect is the key to success.

In my life I have learned that taking care of my body is the key to preservation.

In my life I have learned that moderation is the key to well-being.

In my life I have learned that crying cleanses the soul and renews the spirit.

In my life I have learned that patience is the key to transformation.

In my life I have learned that forgiveness is the key to grace.

In my life I have learned that being persecuted is the key to greatness.

In my life I have learned that success is the key to helping humanity and creating a legacy.

In my life I have learned that friends come and go which is the key to flexibility.

In my life I have learned that every race, color & creed is the key to learning & gaining knowledge.

In my life I have learned that animals are the key to evolving tenderness & compassion.

In my life I have learned that nature is the key to the mystical.

In my life I have learned that touch is the key to connectivity.

In my life I have learned that taste is the key to bliss.

In my life I have learned that smell is the key to awareness.

In my life I have learned that closing my eyes is the key to vision.

In my life I have learned that prayer is the key to communication and angels.

In my life I have learned that meditation is the key to the enlightenment.

In my life I have learned that LOVE is the ULTIMATE TEACHER, the WAY SHOWER unto all things, LOVE is the ANSWER to every dilemma and the MASTER KEY which opens every door in the universe.

Ariaa Jaeger ~ Ariaaisms~ Spiritual Food for the Soul

Celebrating 57 years of LIFE, May 1, 2013

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