What So Great About Getting Older and More Vulnerable?

For the first time, I am able to admit an awful truth! Over the last few years, I have often felt old, ugly, and a failure. Following my stroke, I awoke to the disheartening fact that I was not only disabled, but perhaps more tragic, I was getting old!

marigold hotelI received a wonderful aha moment when I watched the movie ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, which was about a group of retirees, who moved to India to save money, and end up finding amazing new life! I listened over and over again to the character Evelyn, as she spoke the magical words which follow, and I felt as though she was speaking directly to me.

There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it, only a present that creates and builds itself as the past withdraws.

As those words seeped inside my being, I became like the characters in the movie, for I too was finding new life. I began to willingly let go of my past, my youthful strength and physical attractiveness, and I found myself like a piece of vacant land, cleared of its vigorous trees, ready for the building of some great creation. Among my building materials were the post-stroke gifts I found in myself, acceptance, faith, forgiveness, selflessness and vulnerability.

I am creating the acceptance of me. I am building the emergence of true beauty, wisdom and strength amidst age and vulnerability!

Author: Dawn Armstrong

I provide information and inspiration to help people achieve their goals and go after their impossible dreams. As a research and communications specialist, I research, write and work with others; and with God as our guide we confront the inevitable setbacks, find our true selves, and achieve our greatest desires.

One thought on “What So Great About Getting Older and More Vulnerable?”

  1. What a refreshing thought! Thank you for posting this! I saw the same movie but wasn’t moved as much as I am after reading this.

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