Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall*
My knees don’t like the rain, though they now give more accurate predictions of the weather than the meteorologist. Aging is less fun as I pass the six decade mark; at least the physical aspects of growing older are less amusing. Gravity is not my friend and some body parts are missing and others, wearing down. Each day, I grow more curious about what will accompany me into the future and what I’ll relinquish.
And yet aging bears gifts. I am more patient, more focused on fewer priorities, have a deeper wisdom and have let go of needing to force what I know into the ears of others. And I have lived long enough to recognize there are cycles in my life. There is a kind of balance between the dark times when all is painful and waiting and the fecund times when all is green and growing. Life, all of life seeks balance.
After passing through four years of depleted energy levels, depleted to dangerous levels resulting in back-to-back illnesses, I have come to a place of stillness and inner focus. There is time now to spend loving my husband and family and friends, time to cuddle the cats and to garden. There is time to stop for a while as my life comes back to healthier balance. There is time for me to write, to stare out the window and to gestate inside.
My family genetics lead me to hope that I might live into my mid-nineties. How encouraging that is in terms of becoming a skilled poet and writer. There are still many years in which to learn the craft, to hone the skills, to practise and to write.
I’ve learned I can give myself sweet permission to do what I need and want to do. So now, I write every day, sometimes wearing my magenta bathrobe until noon.
And I know that no matter what happens in my life, whatever it is, it will begin and it will end, just like the rain.
NOTES: *“Into each life some rain must fall” is a quote from the poem, “Rainy Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The line is also the title of a 1944 song performed as a duet by The Ink Spots, featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Kenny. Words in colour will link you to another website with additional information, if you click on them.