Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Reflections on turning 45
I was born 45 years ago today!
My beloved friend, Wendy Soneson, an awesome watercolorist, gave me the beautiful painting above for my birthday.
Something about this picture captures exactly what I feel about turning 45. There is so much fear in our society -- among and directed at women especially -- about getting older, leaving one's youth behind, not being as physically attractive as we were in the past.
But growing older means finding your true self, as suggested by this woman's revealing of her body. When you are 45, you are no longer confused about your direction in life. You know and respect yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. With this self-knowledge, you can move toward greater love of yourself and others, more profound and genuine self-expression, and you can contribute more of value to the world.
In honor of my birthday, yesterday Wendy served me a delicious home-cooked salmon meal, took me for a ride on the swan boats, then treated me to high tea at the Four Seasons Hotel -- and above all, her divine company. What more wonderful gifts could one ask for on her birthday?!