The results of my prize draw are at the end of this post!
I have a clear memory from when I was five or six years old. I was galloping down the street pretending to be a horse. Only I wasn’t pretending: I could feel the wind in my mane, smell the sea air in my nostrils, hear my hooves clattering faster and faster. To anyone watching, I would have been a little girl with scabby knees, in pink-rimmed spectacles and a home-made frock, socks pooled around her ankles. But the essence of me at that moment was entirely equine, and it was perfect freedom.
I’ve had only glimpses of that freedom in the intervening years, but it’s beginning to come back to me (although in a less horsy way!).
What do you enjoy about growing older?
I asked you in my survey a couple of weeks ago “What one thing do you most enjoy about growing older?”
You answered in your droves. Short answers, long answers, simple, complex. And for the vast majority of you it boils down to freedom. Some of your words are dotted around this page.
What’s interesting is that in your answers to the question “What bothers you most about growing older” almost all of you mentioned concerns around health and mobility.
So it seems that freedom doesn’t live only in the body. It lives in the essence of who we really are, and our ability to get closer to that core. Perhaps aging is a wearing away of externals.
So what does freedom really mean to you, how does it feel, how does it change your behaviour? I’ll be away for the weekend, so talk amongst yourselves – I’m so looking forward to your ideas about this when I get back.
Main image above by Wolfgang Staudt
And now: drum roll please… here, in no particular order, are the winners of my prize draw. I only wish I could give away something to all of you!
- Sue Stevenson wins a print of Rima Staines’ painting Baba Yaga
- Jude wins a copy of The Artist’s Rule by Christine Valters Paintner
- Phil Ewing wins a copy of The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
- Lynne Scholefield wins a copy of Elderwoman by Marian Van Eyk McCain
- Jane wins a copy of Lilypad List by Marian Van Eyk McCain
- Sue Shoemaker wins a copy of Crones Don’t Whine by Jean Shinoda Bolen
- And Elizabeth Rimmer, Tracy and Patricia T each win a coaching session with moi!
Those of you who’ve won physical items, please let me have your snail-mail addresses at tess dot marshall at gmail dot com. For the coaching sessions, I’ll be in touch by email soon to sort out some arrangements.