Today’s Prompt: For inspiration, ponder the phrase “lost and found.”
So, today’s twist: If you’d like to continue our serial challenge, also reflect on the theme of lost and found more generally in this post.
I knew Aunt Flo for 40 years. She was with me in good times and bad, happy and sad, day and night, uninvited but always my friend. She knew how to press my buttons, make me angry, sad, weepy, mad! But as it is in life all things must end and when I lost Aunt Flo I was ecstatic. I was looking forward to when she would be gone, it couldn’t happen soon enough. The loss of Aunt Flo was liberating, I looked forward to a life without her.
And then, I found Cinderella. That is what I have decided to name the next chapter in my life aka menopause. I find Cinderella so much more appealing than menopause, who wouldn’t want to be Cinderella?
In some ways Cinderella is very much like Aunt Flo. She can dictate my moods, take control of me, make me act like a crazed, mad woman and it’s not pretty! She shows up unannounced, fires me up, makes me sweat the small stuff and sends me into a tizzy.
However, I have also found that Cinderella has awakened me. My life was trudging along just fine, same ole, same ole. I was content, getting by, making a living, pretty much fulfilling the American Dream…or was I? I found out that not only could I dream about doing things I love, I could actually do them. Like writing. In high school I liked to write and I was in the drama club, but I never pursued either. Ok, who out there knew what they wanted to do at 18? Only a few lucky ones, I surmise.
It’s time to pursue my dreams, live them, make them realities. It’s so exciting. I have a quote by CS Lewis hanging on my mantle, it says “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream…” Don’t you love that? It inspired me to ask myself ‘what is your dream, your goal? If you could do anything what would you do?’ Ask yourself that…then set out to do it! YOU CAN!!
I welcome Cinderella with open arms, she’s quite a find. She’s my new beginning, my new story, my new happiness, my true me. Who knew, that out of sweat, tirades, and hot flashes would emerge a beautiful new life. And this go round I will live it doing what I love, that’s what really thrills me. I can’t wait to inspire you, help you through the rough patches, brighten your day, put a smile on that pretty or handsome little face of yours, make your life happier, those are my goals.
IF THE GLASS SLIPPER FITS…