Golden Oldie

4 years ago
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NaBloPoMo – BlogHer – March 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 Benjamin Franklin said: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Do you think you know yourself well?

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Do I know myself well? After fifty-plus years, I can say I’m beginning to know myself fairly well. I know the things that trigger my depression, my anxiety, and my crying spells. Finally, I can predict what my reactions are going to be, before they happen. That gives me time to steel myself to think before I react.

Due to all my illnesses, I have learned to be very involved with my body. I know what to eat, when to eat, and how the food will affect my body. I have learned all the movements that bring pain, and those movements that do not. If I push beyond my limits, I know I’m going to be violently ill for days.

These days, I stay inside my head a great deal of time; which is a good thing for my writing. I have loads of past experiences to put into my short stories and novels; experiences that I hope may be of value to someone.

At this age, I can, (sometimes), stay calm and in the present moment. That is my goal as I travel on down the ‘Golden Oldie’ road.

Debra Mauldin, Blogger, Writer, and Certified Aromatherapist

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