Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Too old

Courtesy KXCD.com
There comes a time when you have to look reality in the eye and accept that you're just too old for some things. You're no longer a spring chicken. You don't have the resilience and stamina you once had. You're a writer of 'a certain age' - whether 30, 50 or 70 - and you have to focus on efficiency, on putting your valuable energy where it counts. You're too old...

     ...to take crap lying down. Writers have been groomed to be submissive and accepting, to grovel before all-powerful publishers, editors and literary agents. You're too old for that, and now you don't have to any more.

     ...to listen to the people who say you can't start a company at your age, take up spear-fishing, go back to school, or write and publish a book or ten. Don't allow pessimists, naysayers and scaredy-cats to keep you from realizing your potential.

     ...to keep on trying to save people who don't want to be saved.

     ...to be in love with people who don't value, respect and love you back.

     ...to keep abusing your body by feeding it garbage and starving it of exercise.

     ...to hoard your treasures. Wear the pretty outfit; break out the special lingerie; use your good stuff.

     ...to keep blaming your parents for your failings in life.

     ...to allow people to stomp on your spirit. Excuse yourself from that conversation.

     ...to say yes when you mean no, and no when you mean yes. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
     ...to take people for granted. Show appreciation.

     ...to take life for granted. Count your blessings every day, be happy you woke up, and make good use of your time.

Take a long, hard look in the mirror with all the lights on and tell me: aren't you too old for all of the above? I've discovered that attaining 'a certain age' can sometimes be the most liberating experience of all.


Lynn Emery said...

And the church shouted, "Amen!"

Jewel Amethyst said...

Is there a specific age for that or just a stage? I found I took less crap when I was younger.

Liane Spicer said...

Lynn, LOL! “Preach it, I say preach it.” (Maya Angelou, Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

Liane Spicer said...

Jewel, interesting. Maybe those of us who were less assertive eventually reach a point where we say 'no more'. Those who started off very assertive probably become more tolerant over time.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'll give that an Amen. I need to print this out and put it up on my wall above my computer.

Liane Spicer said...

So do I, Charles. Need to keep reminding myself.

Shrinky said...

So, um, I'm REALLY too to be abusing my body?

(Okay, I'll just buy this beer book and sniff it..)

Liane Spicer said...

Shrinky, bwahahaahaa! Exceptions made for beer and wine - in moderation of course... ;)

SzélsőFa said...

i'll second all these. i think these gradually come to one, like from the age of 30 and on.

Liane Spicer said...

SzélsőFa, definitely not before 30. I'm a late starter, though. Still grappling with some of these. :-/