Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pass the Kleenex & Press Play on a Movie


My body has decided that it has had enough of the stress I've been under, and in order to force me to rest, has gotten some bug thing.  Today I am on the couch, in a nest made for me by Marcy, watching Star Trek movies and feeling rather miserable, but trying for once, not to be mad at myself...as if I am some super human who is never ever supposed to be "down" even for a minute.

I have been reading a couple of interesting books over the last week, including Age is Just a Number by Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, and so I leave you with a quote that has been floating around in my brain since I read it:

"...the real reason most of us fear middle age is that middle age is when we give up on ourselves."

Yep.

13 comments:

Ellecubed said...

I hope you feel better soon and your body gets all of the healing that it needs.

Linda-Sama said...

I wrote about "giving up" here: http://lindasyoga.blogspot.com/2007/09/reason-passion-and-rasa.html...

"I watched a program the other day with Dr. Christiane Northrup...she said that the peri- and postmenopausal years of a woman's life can be a re-birth, that during these years a woman can give birth to herself. Unfortunately, many women do not choose to "re-birth" themselves."

age is truly just a number and unfortunately I see so many women -- somehow it seems more women than men I know -- who have just given up, women younger than me, and I am 56. I feel more vibrant now that I did 10 years ago!!

feel better!

The Girlie-Queue said...

Sparkly-Tissue-Love Girl♥ Glad you're chillin' without berating yourself. I know how huge that is. (((Hugs))) and other awesome mushiness♥

Dovelily said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Brooks Hall said...

No giving up!

Melita said...

hope you feel better soon! what a gorgeous lily and beautiful photo! hugs!!

Yarrow said...

I am sorry to hear you are feeling bad. Healing blessings to you.

Susan said...

Is it appropriate for me to share this? I sometimes wonder and guess at when it's ok to "share" or when its best to simply offer support and encouragement....so if this is not appropriate please forgive.....For me this is what I defined as the "hard work" of this healing journey. And when my body shut down, the triggers hit, the darkness threatened to overtake me...when I embraced the process instead of resisting, learned to recognize "triggers" as "I'm ready to face this"...one by one the nightmares slowed, faded and were no more and became but memories. I"m glad you are resting...and that the kleenex is close by:)

You are amazing.

claire said...

Christine, that quote "...the real reason most of us fear middle age is that middle age is when we give up on ourselves" is no longer true.

Yesterday I was having lunch with an 86 year old woman who told me that it is no longer possible to guess someone's age today because we all age so much slower.

I am 64 and I am not giving up on myself. I have seen women in their 70s walking the Camino. I know of a 65 year old woman who walked from Switzerland to Santiago.

Anyone who tells you that is in a funk -- and that's OK -- but look at inspiring old women and men...

((((((((Christine Claire)))))))

Designer and Tomboy, Paula said...

Claire,

As a woman of a certian age (55 to be exact), I have to say that Christine Northrups comment does still hold some truth. I agree there are many of us who are still pushing forward and working to stay vibrant, have quality lives. But I also know women in their mid 40's and early 50's who have given up; who say to all who will listen that it is "to late to change anything". But, instead of debating the validity of the comment, I would like to discuss how we can help move our sisters move past that thinking and into the "I can do anything at any point of my life" mindset. Any thoughts?

Christine Claire Reed said...

Paula -- Yep, since the tagline here is "it's never too late to embody your bliss," that was the point of quoting Dara. To encourage the very discussion you wish to have. :)

This blog lately, I hope, has really been about that since I am building my life around dance at the age of 41 after having given up in my 20s. :)

Jaliya said...

Be well, Christine xoxo

That quotation ... yikes. I've really struggled with not giving up on myself for years ... and now, with consequences of both chronic trauma and some difficult passages into perimenopause, I'm tempted, so tempted ... just to lie down and give it all up. NOT to die, no; just to give up everything but my little corner of the world, my books, music and cats ... Love urges me beyond my tiny circle of safety (which also contains my couch, bed, bath, and computer) into the world ...

That quotation's a keeper. Thanks.

Lisa said...

I know this is over a week old, but I tend to read a bunch in my reader at once every few days, so just came across this...I have been wanting to read the Dara book, and I LOVE Star Trek (which it seems almost no one else does, at least not women) so this one caught my eye.

Anyway, I am so there right now, at 43. Have had a lot of hormonal swings and issues lately, and been reading Christine Nortrup and the rebirth and all that, and trying to own it.

Here's to rebirth, whatever form it takes.