Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Next Chapter

Today is my 57th birthday. Life is better than ever, even though I am passed what author Gail Sheehy calls " the center of life."
  If our central mission between 18 and  50 years of life is to establish ourselves, then to my mind, our later years can be used for any damn thing we wish. I'm talking psychologically and developmentally.

Personally, I'm getting great satisfaction from my relationship with my child and her family.

Creatively, I'm more juiced than I have been in years.

Music and visual arts continue to feed my soul.  Love and friendship bring precious gifts daily. Taking chances and living more boldly has been a revelation.

I am embarking on a healthy and joyful new chapter; loving someone amazing and having them love me back. A rock steady kind of love; in the words of Etta James, a "Sunday kind of love."  If you are younger than I, take heart: wonder and fulfillment still come when you are long in the tooth.  If you're older, you're probably rolling your eyes and exclaiming, "Duh!"  
Now, everybody move along. Nothing to see here.


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May this be the best one ever.

  2. Oh, I love this post! It made me smile and feel very, very relieved. And happy, happy birthday!

  3. A lovely 57th Birthday post! Happy Birthday to you! Yes. Yes. Yes. Etta James!

  4. Happy Birthday! I am happy for you on all counts, Tara. My world continues to evolve in inimaginable ways, even though I too am long in the tooth!


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