Sunsets, The Gateway to the Stars


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

Alone Doesn’t Have to be Lonely

How many of you are alone? Alone does not have to mean lonely. There are 99.6 million people over 18 who are single in America, 44% of the population. For every 100 unmarried woman there are 88 unmarried men and many come with scares too deep to couple in a healthy relationship. Most of us would prefer our own company to the company of the wrong person. Many of us don’t have family or what family we have we prefer not to intertwine with. Many of us have lost our loved ones /mates to death and some have simply never found the person they want to share their life with. Whatever the case it is clear many are spending more and more time alone. Social media is the new lonely hearts club and has given many a way to create a new kind of family. But the real key is be comfortable in your own skin and to take this “alone time” to a new level of going deeper within. You have an opportunity to embrace new challenges, try new experiences, learn new skills or just learn about yourself. You can spiritually evolve through meditation and heal what needs to be healed in those moments when alone becomes lonely. Instead of pining over what might have been or having a pity party, why not embrace how wonderful it is to have the freedom to explore yourself and discover what makes you tick, celebrate the down time and nap giving the angels a chance to work on you. Discover what makes you laugh, find what makes you wiser, what makes you feel good about yourself. Read, travel, journal, cook, dance, take a class or two, volunteer your time, help someone in need, exercise, meditate, spend time in nature, study the leaves or the animals or just sit on the porch and watch the sunset. “There is power in silence and silence is power” ~ Today take a look at how you are perceiving being alone and realize what a gift it is especially when you recognize that you now have the angels and Spirit as a captive audience. ~Ariaa Jaeger~ Ariaaisms ~ Spiritual Food for the Soul~ Copyright ©2018 All Rights Reserved