Old? I’m not old!!

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I once met a 90 year old artist during a conference I attended in Colorado, a beautiful lady in every way. I remember looking at her after speaking for a while about her art, passion and love of life, and I asked : “how does it feel being so old?”

I never forget the surprise in her eyes when she answered: “old? I am not old!!”

She explained that every day when she looks in the mirror she is shocked again and again at the body looking back at her and that she finds her young spirit inhabiting. She said inside she is just the same person who fell in love for the first time, who learned how to swim, ride the bicycle, who enjoyed eating ice cream, reading books, painting, running…

And she was so right… Don’t we all feel that same thing in the moments when we don’t let ourselves surrender to the gloom and fear of getting old? Inside each one of us is a child who still wants to live, love and marvel at the world around us if we let it.

I love it so much when people make a strong enough impression on us to make us remember them for the rest of our lives.

Thank you beautiful 90 young lady, who would be 115 now, roaming around the universe smiling, living, loving and giggling…

8 thoughts on “Old? I’m not old!!

  1. She said inside she is just the same person who fell in love for the first time, who learned how to swim, ride the bicycle, who enjoyed eating ice cream, reading books, painting, running…
    P.S.:
    thanks for your story …

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  2. Mimo,

    What an incredible post..beautiful in every way, just like the “Young” Old Lady..The saying sticks, that we are as old and as young as we feel. Will keep visiting for more of your insights.. 😉

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  3. Mimo, I recently spent a wonderful afternoon with an amazing artist originally from Romania named Olga Porumbaru. She is now 91 years old. She shared with us some of her artwork – she had about five binders full of photos and clippings of everything from entire malls with her mosaics to gorgeous bronze sculptures to paintings of the spiritual light from people. She is such an inspiration. She also showed us photos of her when young, and she was quite a looker – but I told her (and it’s true) that I think she is even more beautiful now.

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