A couple of weeks ago during a very bored moment, I found this blog on blogs of note. I don't often promote other people's blogs , but this one is different. As is, this particular post. You see over the last few weeks I have been reaching a special point in my life. It's not a special birthday, and nothing momentous has happened... it's just like, well autumn has arrived.
I tried very hard to hang on to the summer... for the last two years I have been hanging on to the summer, refusing to embrace my autumn and all that it brings. But now I feel ready to move on. Why now? I don't know. Perhaps it was the recent round of celebratory parties that involved numerous photographs - all of which really suprised me, I don't look like I used to. I have a double chin that wasn't there before. Curves and cushion-like bulges where I used to be smooth and taut.
I am tired of buying henna for my hair but afraid too of how old I will look without it. Every month I have to spend a day covering the grey roots - some of which are totally white. If I let it go back to nature, why, I will just be like all the other grey haired women. You know that typical short curled grey/white hairstyle that all older women seem to acquire. Where does that come from? It's like some hat you get when you reach a certain age - a grey cloak that marks you out as .... old.
I was always determined not to succomb to the 'forever young - you're worth it' culture... but when it comes to it - it's hard not to. And allowing nature to take it's course is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done. I went grey once before, but that was different, you see the hair was grey but the face was younger... now the face will match the hair.
I keep telling myself that our culture is wrong not to celebrate the coming of autumn years and the wisdom and experience that people at this age have to offer - and I do feel that, at last, I can offer some experience and wisdom that is my own - not gleaned from other people's writings - but I still 'feel' like I'm not ready to look old and it is making me unhappy.
And then I read Rima's post about the autumnal clock she has just made for a lady who is embracing the coming of her own personal autumn. And I thought perhaps it was time to dive in. It's no good just sticking the toes in the water like I have been doing for the last couple of years, that has only led to discontent and feelings of dissatisfaction. So here goes. I am not going to buy any more henna and perhaps its time to look for underwear that will fit my cushions comfortably.
What are we all about?
The focus of this blog is simple - and that's the goal too. A more simple way of life. A life in tune with the rhythms of nature and of human nature. Where everything has its time and place and purpose, including us.
We have left the rat race behind and taken on new challenges. We aim to tread as lightly as we can upon the planet, to reconnect with nature, to eat good food, drink excellent wine, enjoy the best of company.... even if that is sometimes just our own! Please feel free to eavesdrop from time to time on our lives and see how we are doing and if you are ever in Extremadura... drop us an email and we'll give you directions.