It takes me by surprise, the day I look in the mirror and don’t recognise the face looking back at me. When did I get so old? I rarely look in the mirror, never liking the face that looks back at me, but it’s a shock to realise that the door to my youth is firmly closed. I’ve skipped past the middle-age years and can almost hear that door creaking closed too. Perhaps that’s just my aching joints. I smile wryly; I’m being ridiculous, worrying over my ‘lived-in’ look. I’m not showing my advancing age. I’m showing my expanding experience. 

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

The story gives vent to the agonies of ageing but ends optimistically with attaining wisdom. Excellent!

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

You’re welcome.?

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

Well Carrie, we’ve all aged about 100 years in the last year. I had hoped to age more like a fine wine and less like a bewildered soul who is stuck in the new version of “Groundhog’s Day”. Good story. And amazing picture, by the way.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Your story reminded me of a quote I read from the late actress, Ava Gardner. “I’ve had fun. Whatever wrinkles are there, I’ve enjoyed getting them.” I love that, as I do your last sentence ‘I’m showing my expanding experience.’ Nicely done Carrie.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Dipayan is right. I 100% agree with all he says. Many people can relate to this story. Great story, Carrie.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

I am happy for you. Keep on writing like this.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Carrie, I can certainly relate to this. I often wonder where time has gone when looking in the mirror. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one! I like the positive line and the shift in focus at the end. Well done.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

I think you touched on something that is very common, Carrie. We all fear getting old, but at the same time we want the experiences and knowledge that is accumulated along the way. I also like your picture. I can simultaneously see a young and an older face in it. It is as if our childhood and youth is hidden behind the wrinkles.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

As much as we all hate the aging process, it’s absolutely right that we should appreciate all that comes with it! Keep growing and learning and opening our minds to greater understanding!

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

I don’t mind the amount of creaking of the joints at the moment, nor the number of doors firmly closed. I just wish I could lock myself in and not advance any to any further creaking

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

When I say lock myself in I mean into the same age group, not the house. A day out for me tomorrow too.

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