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Aging Graciously~

Updated on July 21, 2015
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

“Act on your own inner truth, every moment of your life is important” ~ CrisSp

Aging Graciously or Graciously Aging?
Aging Graciously or Graciously Aging? | Source
Aging is like an illusion, how fleeting is a lifetime!
Aging is like an illusion, how fleeting is a lifetime! | Source

Time is a concept. Aging is a mindset.

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On my 18th birthday, I was given a party

To celebrate a new beginning

It signals adulthood and that child’s play is over

A reminder was given to be wise and smart

For any decision I make will affect my future.


Now, it’s a whole new world to explore and conquer

The waves of enthusiasm continuously flow

But, adulthood came without any instructions

I have to deal with it graciously, learn as I go

So, the world could be proud and I can shout.


I’ve made it to the top with love intact my heart

I’ve fallen and failed, laughed and cried

Yet, I graciously pick up myself over again

Cheerfully welcomed the challenges of life

Reciprocating bitterness with a sweet smile of revenge.


I’ve grown beyond my own meager years

I cannot maintain this human form

Aging is like an illusion, how fleeting is a lifetime!

Look one more time on my radiant face

Before the dusk sets in and I fade away.


My aging body may become weak and frail

But my wandering soul will be at peace not weep

For I’ve humbly and respectfully aged graciously

So, when the wind chime and the earth comes calling

I’ll look up to the sky, quietly close my eyes and gracefully exit.

Quick Poll

Do you believe in aging graciously?

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Copyright@CrisSp~TM/11-2012. "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

This is one of my favorite songs. Enjoy!

Nothing last forever but the earth and sky...everything is dust in the wind.



© 2012 CrisSp

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    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      rainpurplewine: Thank you for your readership and compliments-greatly appreciated. See you around HP!

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      Elizabeth 

      5 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

      What a lovely way to express yourself. I always admire when people can grow old gracefully. Growing old can sometimes be a scary thought because we don't know what to expect from our minds, and bodies. Great hub.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      margaretdefelice: Be hopeful my fellow hubber...enjoy life everyday and if I may share with you my personal mantra: "Whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shame and drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. So, be cheerful and strive to be happy." --CrisSp

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      Margaret "Mags" DeFelice 

      5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Your poem truly gives me hope for my future.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Anna for gracing my Monday afternoon. Cheers to the power of words in poetry and beyond. Peace~

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      This is excellent, I loved the line 'before the dusk sets in and I fade away.' Very atmospheric and the message running through the poetry is so true. Fab.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Kathryn! Thank you for gracing my day with your visit. I sincerely appreciate it. Cheers to aging graciously!

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is so beautiful! I also really like your quote at the top.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Astra Nomik: Happy to see you here and time....precious time, I didn't have much for hubbing these day and so, my apology for the late acknowledgment of your comment. I very much value your time in reading ---thank you. *Hub hugs*

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I think I want to enjoy my youth and my health, and be thankful for these blessings. Some others are not so lucky. In the next life it begins again and then again. So time seems relative. Time is just time. But it's not as important as Life.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sarah, thank you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so you are beautiful.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Marcia, thank you for coming by.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vespawoolf : Happy to see you here. Thank you for the visit and I appreciate you leaving a comment. Love and light,

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      Sarah 

      5 years ago from USA

      My favorite line is the last one. Beautifully written.

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      mours sshields 

      5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Very true!

      Marcia Ours

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I like the phrase "adulthood came without any instructions...I've learned as I go." It's so true! What a good reminder that age is just an illusion and we should embrace life with courage and anticipation of what's to come. Thanks for an uplifting and beautiful poem!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I know Rolly and I am braving it and courageously facing it. Lol! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me some kind words. Always good to see you. Keep warm.

      Love from the sky~

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CrisPp... aging is something we will all need to face. Aging gracefully is an option we have where we can stand back and look at what we have accomplished during out time. I see grace, beauty and pose in your writing and my suspicion the same applies in your life.

      Loved the song Dust in the Wind...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Dear Irish, Oh, our younger days.....no more but memories. Thank you for your readership and for leaving me some kind words. Love from the sky~

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great write Crisp! When I was younger I loathed the thought of aging. Surprisingly, I take great comfort in the aging process, the maturity that comes with it. The things I held so important in my younger days no longer matter to me.

      Wonderful attitude my friend.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Collin dear, always good to see you. And, much as I love life, I don't think I'd like to live up to 94. God bless these people but I'm ok up to 65 the most or I'll be going back to my second childhood and will find it hard to remember where's my eyeglasses when it's in fact right on my face.

      But, thank you kindly. The black dress is well in tact.

      Merry Christmas to you and the kitties. Keep well my dear. *hugs*

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ....well the youngest person I ever knew was my neighbor Old Bill who at 94 was an ageless wonder and of course it was all in his mind - but you know what they say -mind over matter . But believe me YOU are aging graciously both on the outside and the inside too - thank you for always looking on the sunny side of life and of course your little black dress too -lol - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time canada 11:46pm and a happy and safe holiday and also continued health, happiness and prosperity in the new year for you and your family

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      xstatic, Honor to have you here...thank you.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful work! We all hope we can "gracefully exit" when the time comes, and live every minute fully until then.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Jackie. Appreciate your presence here.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is really beautiful, I could not have said it better. One of those jaw openers. Really good.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @ahorseback: Thank you for the vote. Love to see you here. Older but wiser not regressing I believe for you are a man of wisdom. It's cool to keep that kid in you/in us. Otherwise, life could be boring...love back to you my friend.

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      ahorseback 

      5 years ago

      Well Chris , you know I voted this way up ! I was born and very old soul and existed that way for some time .....now though .......I think Im regressing ..........but the wrong way! , God I act like a kid sometimes ! This is awesome of course ! luv ya !

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @teaches12345: You made me smile at your comments specially the ending part. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      You seem like a woman who has it all together. Love your reflections on aging -- it does get better with each passing year. (This comes from an old nut with lots of stories to prove it!)

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @em_saenz: I do too...good to see you here. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice - thank you.

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      em_saenz 

      5 years ago from Europe

      On a philosophical note, I do agree with Yoko Ono about the unreality of time.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now this was very well done, life as such in a nutshell.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @travmaj: Lovely to see you here. Thank you for stopping by. Happiness always!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you mpropp. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Dust in the wind--one great song and I'm glad you like it too. True say, it's a great reminder--all we are is dust n the wind.

      Take care.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Valleypoet, indeed you are right. It isn't the actual number but how we stay young at heart. Thank you for coming by. I'm glad to be able to put a bit of inspiration to the world.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Eddy. Appreciate it.

      Love from the sky~

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      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Thanks for this - I surely identify. Keep on keeping on and enjoying each and every day to the fullest - be gracious - these are positives to be admired.

      .

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      CrisSp, this was just beautiful! And I love the music video also, Dust in the Wind. That is a great reminder as well....Nice job!

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      Valleypoet 

      5 years ago

      Staying young physically may not be a choice, but staying young at heart certainly is...inspiring hub, thanks for sharing:-))

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful my friend; I vote up and share. Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Carol, I have to admit defeat (against age) and instead consider it a pleasant thing except rheumatism. Lol! Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy life!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Mhatter99!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      @hawaiianodysseus: I think the older we get the more sentimental get we and so, what better way to express our sentiments but to jot it down and read it to ourselves. People tend to read than listen, including me. (: Thank you hawaiianodysseus for gracing my day. Always happy to see you.

      And, thank you kindly for your "turning 60" hub.

      Love from the sky~

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Getting older has its compensations for sure. However once in a while I miss the young me. However I am smarter now..I think ...I hope ...Great words and the message is loud and clear.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good message and you expressed it wonderfully. My compliments; thank you

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Bill. The feeling is mutual. I once dread it too. When I was younger, I told myself I'm retiring at "35"...didn't happen. Guess, life must go on, no matter what. For now, I'm embracing all that I have, imperfections included.

      Hugs back to you!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Beautifully expressed, Cris. I love your attitude and perception of life. This poem is a rallying cry of triumph for us aging baby boomers! Well done, my friend!

      By the way, I am so honored that you posted a link to my "turning 60" hub! Thank you so much! Aloha, dear lady, until the next time I book a flight with you and your crew!

      : )

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So very beautiful, Cris! I thought I would dread growing older, but I see so much beauty in life now; everything is so much clearer to me now. :)

      hugs from Oly

      bill

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