I have written about growing older recently, here at My Aging Autumn Years , but that doesn’t mean that we feel old or feel sad about getting older. It means that we are preparing for a meaningful retirement when it comes because we love life. We want to embrace life. So in order to live our most meaningful life it also means that we are looking to settle in a new environment. As Derek and I prepare a long term move, sometime in the not so distant future (the next two years), we will also downscale at the same time and so I am going through all my files that are not saved on the computer: throwing out, scanning and editing my writing and my workshops.
While sifting through my writing I found a poem which I wrote almost 20 years ago. At the time I was depressed and on antidepressants which I struggled with for four years. I was scraping the barrel emotionally and sometimes had little will to live. This poem I wrote means a lot to me now as when I wrote it it became the one value I hung onto a which kept me going when I felt like I couldn’t carry on. It is one of the “memorial stones” that reminds me that I am a survivor of depression. Depression leaves it’s scars and so it is always good to remember the things that kept me going.
Love living Love life Living love Is life giving Living life Receiving love Giving love Is receiving life.
Take heart, keep on loving… life.