Sometimes, as we age, our true essence can begin to fade. A life that was once vibrant and grand can become subdued and pale. You continue on, day by day, with what needs to done and, in many ways, you feel like you are just going through the motions. When this happens, your spirit feels diminished.
After I turned 60, I began to believe that this new state of being was a natural progression and was simply a new pace that I would become accustomed to.
There were aspects of myself that I felt must be a thing of the past, something from my youth that was not part of who I had become. I was not unhappy or unfulfilled, but I had lost a great deal of the zest I had previously felt throughout my life.
At the very moment that I needed it most, I met someone kind and gentle who helped to coax me back to my true self. With a little tender persuasion, I quickly responded to all of the life I still had before me and realized how good it felt just to be alive.
There is a Spanish word that describes this reawakening perfectly – “reverdecer” – to make green again, to revive.
Now it feels as if my spirit has been renewed and I have a sense of hopefulness that I have not felt in a very long time. All of a sudden, everything feels possible again.
We don’t plan on letting ourselves slip away, but it is so subtle that we may not even notice. Time passes, and slowly, we lose some of the drive that we once had.
It’s not until something dramatic occurs that we remember how we once felt. Then we rediscover all of the enthusiasm that we still have in our hearts.
Just like a daffodil that lay dormant during the winter, in the spring it sprouts and comes to life again. It even bursts out of the snow with a beautiful, irrepressible life-force that cannot be denied.
Do whatever you can to restore and maintain your vitality. It doesn’t matter what it is. It doesn’t matter how big or how small it is – if it brings you joy, you owe it to yourself to do it.
If you can’t do some of the things you used to do, then it is time to find something new. It is never too late to create the life you want for yourself.
Anything that makes your heart smile will breathe new energy into your life.
There are so many wonderful ways to continue to nurture and feed our spirit and all of them make life worth living.
How have you changed since getting older? What are the things you do now to keep joy alive in your life? Join in the conversation and share your stories!
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