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OMG Is this Song About Me?


Oh my, this song is about me

my heart exposed completely

like on a MRI

the image clear

showing the tears

lodged inside.

 

Oh my, this song is about me

the lyrics tell our story

like the precious moments

because you are all I need to get by.

 

Oh my, this song is about me.

reminding me of that very first love

that seemed endless from the beginning

when you held me like

you would never let me go

and all I needed to know

was my lonely days are over.

 

Oh my, this song is about me.

bringing it home to me

because it’s so true

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day

I’ll love you for a thousand years

you always manage to take away my fears.

 

Oh my, this song is about me.

Before the day I met you, life was so unkind

But you’re the key to my peace of mind.

where it began I could not begin to knowing

But then I know it’s growing strong

I know the best is yet to come.

 

Attributions:

Neil Diamond

Aretha Franklin

The Temptations

Christina Perri

Diana Ross

Lionel Richie

John Denver

Rox

 

 

Great Essentials of Life


I now have lived long enough to know the real essentials in life. The reminders flow into my life constantly. All I need to do is look at a photograph of my grandsons or look deeply into the eyes of my husband or children and everything is put into perspective. I find myself researching my roots and trying to remember memorable events about my childhood. I don’t think it’s a baby boomer mentality. A friend told me that baby boomers go through a similar experience.

My journeys continue. My goals remain stronger than ever. My bucket list grows longer by the day. I suppose that is a good strategy to keep yourself in check. I still hope for world peace. I believe in the wonder of Santa Claus. I believe in God above all things. I even believe in myself lately. I ask myself about destiny. I wonder about if there is another side. Although I still ask the why questions about things, I think I figured out some of the  mysteries about my soul.

Joseph Addison, an English essayist, once said, “The great essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”

I think I have most of these covered. However, I believe there is a continuum. You have to shift the focus every so often. You also have to be grateful for everything in your life. Some experiences will be magical, inspirational, and others will bring you done like a roller coaster out of control. But that is what makes up this thing called life. It is what makes us alive. To live is to learn. Your heart will tell you what do each time you are in doubt. Just listen. Don’t let doubts creep up on you and fill you with fears. Be still and you will find the answers you are looking for.

The essentials to happiness are clear to me now. I listen to my feelings and take notes. I try to hug the people I love a few more counts of Mississippi. I take deep breaths to avoid getting upset over nothing. I take longer breaks for me to be me. I pray more. I send out blessings into the universe for anyone who may need them. I visualize only as far as I can see. I locked my ego outside of my heart. I forgive and forget.

The essentials of happiness begin with every new day. This is what I have learned and will live by. I imagine a field of Daisies waving hello and greeting me. That always puts a smile on my face.

 

 

PHOTOS FOR KEEPS 469

Getting Ready


Retirement is a scary thing for most folks. It means learning to live on a lower-income sometimes. It means that you will have the time to do the things you always wanted to do. It means spending more quality time with loved ones. It also requires a plan of action. The last thing you want to get caught up in meaningless free time. Having extra leisure time may be appealing in the beginning but after a few weeks you will find that you have too much leisure time.

Getting ready for retirement will include applying for your benefits from work or cashing in a IRA or retirement savings plan. It may mean having to make adjustments to your medical plan coverage. You want to make sure that you have taken care of all the logistics. Make sure you have also revisited your will, insurance policies or other end of life arrangements. I do not mean to be morbid but it is very important to have your affairs in order.

Retirement is an opportunity to start over. You may have an empty nest to fill with other things. This also means that your marriage may be starting over as well or picking up where you left off after the children were born. It may be a time to think about renewing vows or planning to celebrate a special anniversary.

 

 

A pair of love birds

 

 

If you are or were a creative person, it may be the moment to think about taking a language class or exotic cooking lessons. Some community and state colleges over reduced or free courses for retirees. You may want to attend a writer’s retreat or stay at a spa hotel to simply treat yourself to a relaxing weekend away from it all.

There are now so many resources for getting ready and it is important that you attend  pre-retirement seminars offered by the workplace and other organizations. is a good place to start the process. Visit the library and take out books on the topic. If you and can afford to travel extensively do your homework first. Getting ready emotionally is the most important step. Make a list of the things you will not miss about being on the job. It will out weigh the list of things that you think you will miss. Getting ready to start over is going to be just another journey but do not focus on the final destination; think about the possibilities.

 

Youth is sometimes wasted on the young


Youth is sometimes wasted on the young; they do not realize that too soon youth fades with the sunset.  Mae West once said, “You are never too old to  become younger.” Feeling youthful may be a state of mind. Some people never grow old; their attitude is that of Ms.West exactly. I guess one can argue that it depends on how one feels physically as well. We are all vulnerable to the onset of the ailments that are associated with growing older. But maybe it is about acquiring the Peter Pan attitude of not wanting to grow old and more importantly not bothering with the concept of growing up either.

These concepts are unrealistic of course but intriguing and inviting. An important factor of Peter’s existence is that “without a memory, he cannot gain knowledge from his experiences and therefore cannot grow up.”

As we grow older though we tend to cling to the memory of youth. We want to restore those memories in scrap books and go back to old journal entries just to try to remember. The “way we were” is most times the best of who we are now or who we long to be perhaps.

I always wonder about what age I would be if I did not know exactly what age I am. Imagine not being able to look at yourself in the mirror to gauge your age. Imagine not having any frame of reference at all in order to estimate your chronological age. Personally, I would be stuck on one and twenty. A special age to be in life. I speak from experience of course. I remember a poem by Housman that goes like this:

WHEN I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;

Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.’
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
‘The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
‘Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.’

And I am two-and-twenty,

And oh, ‘tis true, ‘tis true.

Sometimes youth is wasted on the young. I need to explore what I really mean by this. But in the meantime I invite you to help me explore the idea. And no I am not a bitter old woman trying to be young again nor am I seeking the truth in my middle age.  I simply feel that sometimes youth is wasted on the young. That is all.