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Updated on October 26, 2016
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

Death is one of the greatest motivations for living

Time is a strange thing

Most of us only live

for the time that lies

right ahead of us.

A few days, weeks, years.

One of the most painful moments

in a person’s life

comes with the inside

that an age has been reached

when there is more to look back on

than ahead.

You start to evaluate

Some relationships

were not forever ones

And some are here to stay

but they just change form

Older you become

You know it isn’t just over yet

You are just changing

You are just ageing

And yes, knowing that

is comforting,

but not always easy


transformation unfolds effortlessly

and sometimes

it feels like pain

But pain is not suffering 

with you anymore

You feel it

breathe into it 

so deep
 submerge your heart

in pressure 
to come out



laughing still

Because you know 

this is the right thing to do

 know that sometimes

what is best

is to go through

what you don’t want to

to live the life 
you want to

It breaks 
my heart

to see too many people

like they have all the time

in the world

You don’t!

I want to shout

passing them by

Just leave 
the job

you hate

Leave the relationship 

you know you don’t want to be in

Walk away from people 
who abuse you

Get your fingers 
out of your throat

Take that blade 
off your skin

Stop looking in the mirror 
with so much hate

Tell the one you haven’t told, 
how much you love them

Ignorance is not a bliss

for one ageing old soul

We feel what is unspoken

even if we don't know

how to name it

if we don't understand it

we start to doubt ourselves

and we feel lost

We need to find ways to make sense

of what doesn't make sense at all

Because we know in our hearts

we feel in our body


The number of people

I meet 
who tell me

they stayed in a situation

or a relationship 

well after

they knew

the love was gone 
is endless

for years and years

they struggle…

Because they are so terrified

of everything falling apart

all the time

it keeps
 making it worse
 and worse and worse

nothing is working

they are exhausted and scared



built on 
an illusion

so thick

they are just pretending to live

So they go under 

instead of through

older you become

you know you have no time

Because under takes more effort

you have to climb back up

And while through 
may feel scarier 

it's the fastest,

cleanest way 
to get 
where you want 
to go

It demands you be honest 

direct and sincere 

it may seem 

So is living this one life

you get 
in a way 

that doesn't feel 
for you

Time is a curious thing indeed

And when time no longer lies

ahead of one,

other things have pops into his mind

Memories perhaps

Afternoon in the sun

with someone’s hand

clutched in one’s own.

The fragrance of flowers in fresh bloom

Sundays in a cafe or wilderness perhaps

Grandchildren yes

But they have their own lives to live

One apparently finds a way of living

for the sake of someone else’s future

but is it just giving your life over

like some unwanted gift?

It is still time to dream your own dreams

and live your own life

does it really matter

how short that road of yours

has become?


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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      2 years ago from Western Australia

      No my beautiful I have been just living in Kamloops on my studying holiday:) I live in Western Australia but travelling to Canada every year because I love your Canada and especially BC very much so and have plenty friends now there:) And I see I have a new friend in you too:) I have been travelling to Canada again in June probably but this time to eastern coast:)...all the best and thank you so much for stopping by:)

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      Rand Zacharias 

      2 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia, you're still living in Kamloops? Awesome, nice to have so much talent in our interior really funny, just a fact. So many creative writers, poets, novelists and artists of every variety...I love living in Kelowna...Kamloops is lovely too...a lot more rustic, but a culturally-enriching town when it celebrates and for the visitors, of which there are so many, every day. :) SuperNatural BC, EH?

      sincerely...rand. :)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      2 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you so much angellady:)

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      2 years ago

      Your words and intriguing and powerful. Keep up the excellent writing.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      2 years ago from Western Australia

      And those who do are truly fortunate one because regret is good for nothing truly:) Greetings to Kelowna, I have lived in Kamloops for few months and visited your Kelowna:)....all the best...B

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      Rand Zacharias 

      2 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Oh, the sour taste of regret...thank the stars, some of us just let go. :)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      2 years ago from Western Australia

      Absolutely my brave warrior absolutely:)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Life should never be wasted in what doesn't feel right. We never know when we'll take our last breath. Let's just hope we don't exhale a cloud of regret.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      2 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you beautiful guys and ladies in nice autumn age, I am there too:) I am happy for you randslam to edit whatever needs to be editing:) I am hopeless wanderer smile through life and different languages too. I wander where I like and write the way I like you can say I stubbornly live and write my way...and anything but correct:) Maybe it is too late to change:)

      But I am not here for money just little bit enjoyment and if you get my message my writing has reached its purpose hey:)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      God gave us our lives to live, however long it may be. Although I'm fairly ancient, I like to think I'm in the autumn of life as where I live it's normally the most gentle of the seasons. A beautiful time to enjoy. Enjoyed reading your poem.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So many times we wait too long before making that needed change.

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      2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Us older folks relate. Once again you've managed to say what others feel and never think (or dare?) to say.

      You have a gift for this.

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      Rand Zacharias 

      2 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Okay...that was a gift. A little editing...I could do it for free if you like and you have a world champion epic, my friend. This was very kewl to stroll through. Great opus on life...this is it, baby...nice job. You said what you we just need to polish this jewel. Well done!

      Tears are rollin' down my cheeks as I type...this is how it is. Thank you for putting it on the page...not always easy...and sometimes, not even possible, well done, again. :)


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