I had a conversation a few years back with my paternal grandmother, one of my most favorite conversations I have ever had. We were talking on the phone about aging and my grandma, who is in her 80's said "I wake up in the mornings and I look in the mirror and sometimes I swear I am still shocked to see an old woman staring back at me because in my heart I still feel like a girl. I just expect to see that girl every time." It was such a profound sliver of honesty to me and was one of those moments when my perception opened up and was forever changed. Now when I look at her I don't see an old woman at all. I see a girl that has been fortunate to live long enough to have the outer shell of an old woman and I think it's just beautiful. That conversation made me realize no matter how old I get I will still always be young - if I so choose. My grandparents have always been "old" to me but they are so youthful in their spirits. They subscribe to the progressive, they change with the times, they even voted for Ralph Nader back when Bush was first elected (er, I mean stole the election), they love big bang theory and they have always shown a genuine interest in all of their children and grandchildren. When my cousin loved Batman as a little boy my grandpa loved batman again too. Youth is all about learning and growing and I am pretty sure that I can do those two things forever.
So, if you have been reading my blog this week you know I was dreading applying the 3 + 7 to myself, for whatever illogical reasons. And I think there will always be an age or two that is more difficult to comes to terms with, but you know anticipation is always the worst part and today I am totally cool with it. I am happy to have friends of all ages here, and not here, that continue keeping me feel young by constantly broadening my perspectives and interest in the world around me. If my inner girl wants to kick and scream all the way to 97, I am okay with that, because I'd just like to keep her around for as long as possible (and keep expecting to see her in the mirror when I wake up in the mornings well into my 80's too).
Anyhoo, thirty-seven is too big of a number to share "37 things about myself" or "37 things I want to accomplish this year." But I will share my favorite song. (it's true, this really is my favorite song. i even have a pillow in honor of it. what can i say, i was born in the 70's). Oh, those outfits though, not so much.