Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sunday Scribblings #20: Who Else Can I Still Be?

Good question. Playing the averages, I have a considerable chunk of future still ahead of me, although I'm no ingenue by any means.

Who else can I still be? Begin with the obvious. I'll be a mother forever. Long after I'm gone, and even if I should outlive my children, I'll be their mother.

Come December, I'll be a grandmother for the first time. Once I am, I will be always. That's what I will be.

Who else can I still be? Sky's the limit. I can still be the writer in the stone cottage on the New England shore. I can still be the woman wandering Paris with a laptop and a camera. I can still be (eventually) a Red Hat Lady. I don't know if I'd want to, but I could.

I can still be a journalist. Or an attorney.

I can still be the person I am, with a strong sense of self, and dreams of places to go, things to see and people to know, but no desire to change materially.

I can be the kind of person who doesn't take any crap, and finds that delicate balance between forgiveness and gullibility. I can be more insightful. I can be the kind of person that cultivates and relies on intuition.

I can still be wise. I can cultivate wise friends and acquaintances.

I can still be a loving partner.

I can be quiet, and listen rather than talk. I can still engage.

I can still write powerful, moving words.

I can be private. I can be open.

I can choose.

11 comments:

  1. great list. and congrats on becoming a grandmother.

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  2. This is a great list of wonderful possibilities. And I guess the last one is the key, as long as we still have choice we can choose to be whoever we want! Thanks for posting!

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  3. Beautiful thoughts; I have a feeling you're going to manage all those things and more! Lovely post.

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  4. Thisis a lovely strong post. I agree with all you say. Congrats on being a grandmother soon -it's a blast!

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  5. I like the last part the best--about choice. Too many people just give up and accept mediocrity.

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  6. I love this post--thoughtful, interesting, self-reflective. My favorite lines:

    --"who ... finds that delicate balance between forgiveness and gullibility"

    --"I can be quiet, and listen rather than talk."

    Love the tagline on your blog, too ("if you're me").

    Jennifer

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  7. I really like this list. Ironically, I think its coolness suggests that you're already a pretty good person to be.

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  8. Thank you for your comment. And I particularly loved the last line here as a reminder. EXACTLY. We can each CHOOSE...and how wonderful is that?! :)

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  9. You said it "I can choose." I was a grandma last December and it's awesome! Congrats and may you get all your dreams.

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  10. Great list boliyou! Some great things to work toward for all of us. Congrats on your little blessing! Wishing you and your family much joy in this new adventure.

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  11. Choice is the best part!

    It's freedom.

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