My 50th arrived and departed. I am the same and different. My son notes I am a half-century old. Thanks a lot. But also, Thanks! I earned it. I live today, and life is good today. I am mindful of what I have--my life, my family, my health. I view 50 as a gateway to the second half of life. And yes, I mean at least half. My grandmother lived to 107. I welcome it. This half will be more fulfilling, more confident, more genuine, more real. I have met me and I know me very well. I will be more present for the second half.
I gave one of my favorite poems to my best friend when she turned 50. It says what is in my heart and mind about rejoicing in your own life, now.
Love after Love
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters form the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Dr. Heather's musings about medicine, mindfulness and life.
Heather Krantz, M.D.
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