Today is my 71st birthday. My reflection in the mirror this morning is a bit of a shock. On one hand, I feel the youth of a 50 yr old, so that reflection can’t possibly be me. On the other hand, a 71 year old woman should not look this good first thing in the morning without having combed her hair, sans any make up. I’m not a beauty by society’s standards, but I have always taken good care of my body because I plan on being here for a good long time. And when it’s time to leave the planet, I plan on exiting with the ease and grace of a healthy body.
After my my morning walk through the faerie garden with my cup of tea, I settled in to visit facebook which is teaming with birthday wishes from all my friends. As I’m scanning through my newsfeed, I can’t help but wonder if I am the only one who appears to be getting older? Is humanity regenerating so fast everyone on fb appears to be in their 20s? Or has society demonized aging with such fear that everyone has become obsessed with youthenizing via simulated photo apps? Have we lost our authenticity and delight in ALL we’ve become, including our natural outer appearance, no matter our age?
I am proud to call myself a Crone, with every experience it has taken me to get here. Every softening and facial line has a story to tell. Like all of you, I’ve lived through a LOT of stories, some good, some not so good. And yet they have all been woven into the amazing woman I have become.
The photo I’ve posted here is authentically me at 71 yrs old, crowned with silver strands and my share of laugh lines, totally natural, sans filters. I had to chuckle as the Fae swooped through the photo and made their appearance. After all these years, I’ve become comfortable in my own skin, despite society’s attempts to devalue our personal uniqueness when it comes to beauty. I am healthy and full of vitality, free of the need for any of big pharma’s chemical potions.
There are times I ask myself, how is this possible at such an age? The wisdom of my Inner Being always answers: Because you are aligned with your Divine Self in constant flow with your sovereign self generating energy, energy that’s available to everyone.
Thus, if you aren’t comfortable with the reflection you see in your mirror. Instead of trying to augment your outer appearance, I invite you to close your eyes and go within. Herein you will see your True Beauty, the beauty that proliferates with age rather than diminishes. The beauty that radiates outward and touches everyone. Today, I celebrate being the Crone!!
~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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