Surprise!! its a reprise….

Was going through my facebook account…….stumbled into this…..thought it was worth reposting…so here goes

Fifty one years of living dangerously
I have said what I mean
And meant what I’ve said
I have eaten what I like
In quantities I like
I have laughed out loud ( not just LOL)
and cried without shameimage
I have purposefully got drenched in the rain
Never used sun- block
And exercised my rights more than my muscles
I have jumped off mountain tops and scootered on the sea bed,
Flew a micro light and rafted through rapids

And this is what I have to show for it
A few grey hair
A few extra pounds
A few teeth that are not my own
A few aches and pains
A daughter who looks up to me
A son who likes coming home
A son –in – law who I am in love with
A husband who tolerates me and my idiosyncrasies
Parents who ( though I am a grandparent myself) look out for me
Siblings who count on me and I on them
An extended family that I have ‘lawfully’ acquired
Who accept me for what I am- a loose cannon
Friends who have not abandoned me
Despite my propensity to dis
knowing there is no malice in that
and a Pet who must be happy elsewhere

Life has been good.
No major regrets
I sleep soundly and wake ‘alarmlessly’
and am comfortable in my sagging skin

And when facebook asks me the soul- searching question
“Whats on your mind?”
I feel compelled to answer,
truthfully and candidly
That some of you like my status
And a few find it worthy of comment
Is a much appreciated bonus

Thank you for being a part of my life
and
Happy birthday to me

More than a year later much has changed and yet remains the same. A few pounds heavier and greyer, I see the world differently now, with my new UV resistant lenses. I occasionally think of my mortality……dust to dust, ashes to ashes……and that my dental implant and intra ocular lenses will survive it, heh heh! Aches and pains are more often and I have difficulty in falling and staying asleep. On the bright side, I have moved from facebook status updates to essays and articles in the newspapers ( Nine in four months!!! ). The ‘Blog’ keeps me busy and has become an integral part of my life (and so have you, my readers).
Life is good…….and Happy 52.25 birthday to me!!

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8 thoughts on “Surprise!! its a reprise….

  1. Indu sharma says:

    We all are going through same journey but only you can express so beautifully. Proud of you

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Thanks Indu, yes its the same rut

  2. rohini sehgal says:

    Manju you are not going old. You are persuing your dreams. as someone rightly said you grow old only when you are static and stop persuing your dreams. you are a writer now and what is next is for you to decide

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Not old rainy, just older… …..yes I continue to dream….after a certain age you don’t care too much about failure. It sets you free!!

  3. neera says:

    Enjoying evolving mindfully……you are blessed!

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      Love the phrase….evolving mindfully…..wish i could do everything with the requisite mindfulness….like you!

  4. aditya says:

    somehow this second inning is more enjoyable; relaxing and let people criticize

    1. Manju Gupta says:

      I agree….it takes the pressure off…not living upto anyone’s expectations. Just your own T&C

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