A stroll down memory lane …
I was going through the library of my very first posts and found a gem which I wrote in 2010. It was originally called “Baby Boomer Anger” … but I’m not angry or sad anymore, so I tweaked the poem and the title, and feel it is more representative of who I am today ~ the Essence of Laurel!
Here I am, a female Baby Boomerang!
Defined as a member of a massive group
that influences the powers to be (ha!) …
a group of women whose lives were shaped by
having our consciousness “raised”.
Even though I have aged with courage, grace, and vitality,
I used to believe that our youth-oriented culture
ignored women in their sixties as lacking in power and beauty.
After all, most women’s magazines stop counting after one’s fifties ..
something like “here’s beauty advice for the 20, 30, 40 or 50 year old.”
Oh my, what happens to all that advice when you hit the big 60!
Once again I found myself searching, questioning,
seeking self-realization and validation.
Why should a woman in her sixth decade feel less viable,
snapped back in time to the uncertainty of her purpose?
It has taken me awhile to “get” that life has gifted me
with a treasure trove of experience and awareness.
My sleeping voice has once again been raised up
from complacency to consciousness!
I am a sage who has learned an important life lesson –
that the “best of times” is in the present moment, not the decade!
Now, at this time in my life,
I happily own my “Baby Boomerang” status ~
with the understanding that the only person
who shouldn’t overlook me is ME!
And you know what?
I love the woman that I AM today … wrinkles, crinkles and all!
Laurel D. Rund
(c) July 2010 – June 2013