Sure, I was nervous and sure, I was sort of embarrassed and self conscious. But I reckoned that I was here at home in the privacy of our yard and had my dress right there by the pool and the swimming suit was passable for me — not the very best, but certainly not at all the worst. And so I went swimming. A number of times. I asked myself why I hadn’t done it sooner — especially when the younger children were so delighted and begged me to stay and play in the pool with them! It certainly made the day more fun (for them and me!) and the work more enjoyable with the reward of that cool water at the end! I couldn’t think of a reason not to!
This past year has held a lot of questions and activities like that, for there have been many times where I wondered why I ever stopped doing some things and never started doing others. I looked out at the yard today — the sun was shining brightly but it was very, very crisp and cold outside. I looked over the seeds in the beautiful seed packets and I began to consider where and how I’d plant the different seeds. I see the roses and other bushes and trees need the partially completed pruning to be finished.
I can almost feel the warmth of the sunshine as I sit near the woodstove’s blazing heat… and I can almost hear the children laughing and playing out there… and I can almost smell the Coppertone and the pool water.
So, if you haven’t done something you
used to love to do and there’s even a remote possibility of doing it… don’t wait till you’re fifty!! Go do it!