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Every Friday a fellow Blogger challenges me to write for Five Minutes.

In the words of The Gypsy Mama:

“On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

We write bold and beautiful and free. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”

Today’s Five Minutes:  Beyond

I looked in the mirror and found wrinkles on my eyelids!  I realize that the eye shadow goes on in both directions because my skin moves with the brush.

I saw a sign at Hobby Lobby the other day that said:  “It’s official, I am too old to not wear make-up”

And with all of this observance, I sink a little inside, mourning the passing of youth.  How did this happen to me?

Why am I greeting the loss of elasticity with sorrow?  Should it not be a place of joy?  There was a time in college when I didn’t want to live.  Yet, here I am.  Redeemed.  Restored. Stronger.

I choose to see beyond wrinkled eyelids, widening figure, and heels that lower in height.  Beyond waist lines and gray hair there lies the story of a woman; wounded, healed and at war with my culture.   I am a warrior, with the battle scars of aging intact.

It might have taken me a while to begin to see my worth, 38 years to be exact.
But at least I can see beyond the years of pain to the promise of joy.

© Meakins Speak, LLC

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