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Forever young … If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”

Forever young … If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

When I was much younger I would probably have said …yes of course…lead me to the well and I have a huge glass with me ….

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As I look back on my youthful photos I see a lovely young woman who was blessed with nice eyes, and a fairly attractive face along with a tall build and a brain that I would like to access now and then . Had I been asked this question then, when I was full of the naivete of  life and always hungry for something in the greener paddock next door ,  I would have been the first to say  “fill my cup let’s drink and be merry” !!IMG_2827

… but then came the years, and the challenges and along the way … the wisdom . ( at least I hope that at my age of late 50s I have had the good sense to acquire some!)

When I was thirty, after a brush with breast cancer … well maybe I would have been knocking everyone else out of the way to achieve this miracle longevity!

Or would I?  After all, drinking from the fountain of youth means you can look young forever …. doesn’t it? Nobody said I would be healthy… just that I would stay looking young and being the silly naive 30 year old that I was???  Perish the thought !!!

Along with my dry skin wrinkles and grey hairs has come a wealth of wisdom that tells me that beauty is indeed skin deep

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and if not accompanied by a beautiful heart then it is nothing.  Add to that …. would staying young mean that I would forever be young but worried about my breast cancer?

Would I be forever young and go on to have a child that would grow older than her mother???

  Would I have to like the next generation’s music because eventually I would be their age?

I could even be stuck on the treadmill of rushing from one destination to another, thinking it is all so important that I miss seeing the flowers bloom .

Maybe I would grow tired of seeing the days come and go and the sun and moon rise … since what makes experiencing these things so special is the changing perspectives from which we view them as we age.

Surely too, this would mean that I have not accepted the human condition and journey on this earth … that I see no value in our beloved elderly , with their wizened faces that have a wisdom in every fold?

But seriously, looking at my concerns in life now when I observe the world around me,  meaning the planet and not just my tiny corner of the world,  is would this water from the fountain be potable even?  And for how many years would it remain so? Surely if it was in the US or Australia….. it would not be trustworthy as the water tables are in danger of being so polluted by giant mining interests and Coal Seam Gas Fracking  that my most serious concern would be …… has that well feeding the fountain of Youth …. been poisoned ?

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Under the Fountain of Youth ???

I urge you to consider the benefits of ageing gracefully, of letting your accumulated wisdom from those years shine out, showing the inner beauty that can only come from living life and learning all of its valuable lessons. AS the old saying goes….. life is not a dress rehearsal … and the fountain of youth is almost certainly fraught with hidden dangers

Seeing through my eyes clearly

My view of living with a major depressive illness for 40 years

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It is the same path that I have walked for years … and yet …… it is different

I know where it goes … and yet …. I can’t find my way

Where once the path was punctuated by light and texture …

Now … it has melded into one mass of indistinct grey

The sameness draws from me a sigh of despair

Gone are the feelings of joy

Gone are the pleasures in simple stuff

Laughter has left the building

….  due to lack of interest

It is like waking to a Winter’s day but being deprived of the preliminary Autumn colours

Deja vue …. I know this feeling – I have been here before…so many, many times

Yes … I am an old hand at this and yet, if only I could remember how  …

The echoes of laughter and light are but a whisper in the gloom …

One step at a time, down the path that I have walked before

If only I could remember how …

What was that first step? …

it is within me to recall, that I know – for when I stand in terror, frozen to the spot …

In darkness and dread

I am aware that my salvation rests in the knowledge that the key to escape lies within me

If only I could remember how!

Oh yes … small steps

I remember now… Walk and breathe … and walk some more … it doesn’t matter where

By remote control I start to unlock the door

Yes …. I remember now Continue reading Seeing through my eyes clearly

Weird Wednesday … which comes just after touchy Tuesday …..

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Janine

So yesterday, I finally got to redeem a long awaited gift from a dear friend , across the “ditch” ( from Australia) in New Zealand. We were childhood besties, and even though over 50 years has past and we rarely if ever see eachother, we are keeping that friendship alive via cyberspace and that is something to be ever thankful for technology for !!

Earlier this year, after the passing of my father , which had been a very stressful six months, I shared a deal on Facebook from one of those “super deal marketing sites ” ; this was a great value local package here on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and I made an off the cuff comment about how I could do with this and so could some of my friends.  Not being very financial I didn’t take the offer up myself but had shared it in case anyone wanted to take it up. At the time I had also contracted Ross river Virus which had left me feeling achy and tired and generally pretty awful for a few months.

The next day I got an email from the marketing company to say that I had been gifted an hour and a half of Bliss by my dear old friend.  How awesome is that? When you haven’t seen someone for years and yet such a lovely connection is still there. She even tolerates my little quips on FB that accuse her of taunting me into some very risky behaviours as a child resulting in more than a few scrapesbroken thumbSuffice it to say, she was a leader !!!!

Back to the massage….  The time during the massage was just blissful….. the woman had a darkened room, with some beautiful oils to scent the air and her touch was just perfect for what I needed.  She had a very peaceful kind of meditation music track playing with soft drumbeats that lulled me into a sleepy state….

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Ding !!!!!!!!!

Until the chimes started!!

Now I know from practicing Transcendental Meditation for  few years that you are not supposed to be in a prone position and not supposed to go to sleep ( although inevitably that can be the case from my experience!!) but I sooo wanted to drift off. Every time the chimes cut in it was like being called for dinner in my grandparents day 🙂   So for an hour  I lay blissfully drifting and running to dinner in my dreams !

I must say that apart from the dinner calls … it as very relaxing. Add to this bliss a mini facial for the next thirty minutes and i was soon drifting on a cloud of bliss. facial

After leaving there, and because it was in a beautiful beachside area, i took my camera for a little wander to find some birds ( of course) and I was not disappointed. I have not yet processed those images but will follow with a post including them next.

What I wanted to finish with was the after effects of this massage ….. apart from feeling relaxed, I went on to feeling quite unwell later in the day and into the evening.

I was wondering if any of my fellow bloggers who are physicians or health bloggers know if this is to do with the lymphatic system as it has happened twice to me now. The time before was after an intense reflexology chines foot massage a few years ago. Just a general feeling if being unwell and feeling slightly sick in the stomach.  Today I still feel a little sluggish and weird and I am now scouring blogs in search of mild detox drinks that I can make to help my body  seeing as it looks as if it is full of toxins , without causing me to pass out, give up food or other such dramatic suggestions.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this

Bliss Out everyone

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Keep on running…as long as you are going forward

Take another Step by Jim Willett

Just had to share this video here as it is so pertinent to things I have been through and will have to say in the future… as yet I haven’t had chance to write about the healthy mind healthy body stuff I would like to… be watch this space as it will come!!!

It seems so long ago ….

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In 2011 while having chemotherapy it was like therapy for me to sit by this most beautiful beach and enjoy and coffee in the winter sun all by myself…. counting my blessings