Gilded Serpent presents...
Search for the Soul in All Things.
Or On Turning 61 and ¼
came to me on the March day I turned 61 ¼. I was sitting
at an outdoor taverna near my house soaking up what sun there
was. Suddenly it came to me, and so I wrote it down. I probably
wrote it in latent reaction to people’s questioning whether
an older belly dancer can still dance and be great. The answer
Cher and Joan Collins are timeless women, always admired. Admired
both by men and women, who, by constantly reinventing themselves
& changing with the times, remain in the forefront of their
are owned by no men, but have certainly loved enough in their
lives. They are
self-determiners, which does not preclude partnership with men.
to dynamically entertain and stay ahead of the pack, they embolden
all women, even of a lesser dynamism, to remain in the fray as
long as they desire, instead of being cast to the sidelines as
the official baby sitter for grandchildren (although they can
also do that and grandchildren like peppy grandmas).
is nothing wrong or paranoid or pathological in trying to remain
youthful and attractive for as long as we can. Why shall we "act
our age?" For whom? Society? I think society can stand the
strains of the results of wanton individual self-expression. "Do
no harm," but be yourself as much as you can understand what
that is. Death comes all too soon. What balm is acquiescing logic?
"Oh well, we all get old and die. Might as well start now."
Indeed, logic can serve us only so far, although of course it
should not be abandoned altogether.
a search for the soul in all things, yearning to be free,
will result, I believe, in a more sane society that is dying
to be rescued from ideas and mores anchored in the past century.
in addition to the joy of expressing the soul, and maybe more
important, in a Kazantzaki-ish way (Zorba, Report to Greco), is
the search for that expression. The joy is in the ascent, not
necessarily in the end result.
once told me "the times allow of different expression."
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
let it be with us. We are the result of a long line of women,
not who suffered, but who responded to the times.
up the ship. Do not go gently into that good night. Neither a
living example nor a martyr be. "Just do it!" CARPE
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