As of yesterday, there have been six (6) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in my immediate area in Dallas. I do not want to beat a dead horse as I see many daily postings on the virus. But since COVID-19 has decided to visit a city near me, I thought it prudent to make mention.
Epidemiologists indicate that the virus has a long incubation and infection period when compared to the influenza. COVID-19 also appears to spread easier that the common flu, and with the CDC changing its algorithm by the hour, it would stand to reason that they themselves have no real data on this virus.
Today I decided to branch off on a more delicate topic. Currently or maybe since the dawn of time, aging, especially that of women have not been a favorite, anticipatory or much-discussed topic.
But this has been on my mind and I have been cerebrating on this for some time.
I am constanly being prompted to write about menopause, and I thought of creating a separate blog dedicated to the joys, pains and ultimately the blessings of aging.
Let me preface this by saying, I am certainly grateful to be alive and wish to live to a ripe old age, matter of fact I have spoken over my life that I will have a long healthy life in Jesus name and bow out in a due season.
This series will be based on my “humanness” so bear with me as I try to approach this phase with some laughter as well as tears. I have decided to be very vulnerable in this series, so be a little gentle with me.
The other alternative to aging is not one we chomp-at-the-bit to reflect upon. As the connotations are not welcomed by the masses.
I Have Seen Younger Days
I would like to take this time to reflect on and be grateful for things past, but we must trudge onward no matter the tide.
Now that I have reached the middle of the road and have recently been placed on this path, I feel compelled to say a few things on the issue I wish I had been privy to.
I thank God for every moment of this journey thus far, and per His direction each intersection was pre-planned and a necessary requirement of the trip, lol.
The road to growing old is filled with what appears to be, at least from my vantage point, lots of bumps and even a few potholes along the way.
Many, no most days I feel like the image here, not sure when or how this came to be? Why am I in this hole from which I am unable to emerge?
When I look in the mirror there is this person with whom I ‘m not familiar looking back at me.
The Changing Tides
Where is Pene’ I ask, who is this creature with a vague resemblace to her that I see here, surely this cannnot be her?
I often feel the urge to lay on the floor and have a tantrum as I am in unchartered waters and feel like I am barely threading to stay afloat. And to add insult to injury I cannot swim.
I remember when I was young my mother would be fanning herself, standing in front of the refrigerator and doing all these things that I thought were so odd.
I had asked her several times, what on earth is the matter, why are you doing these things, but she never really gave me an answer.
Back in Guyana, we have an old adage that says; ‘piglet asked, “mommy why is your mouth so long? The mother just smiled and said, oh son your time is coming’.
So here we are, a few years ago I was sitting at work one day and I felt this ‘furnace’ rise from within. I dismissed it as I had alwas been a person who is always hot and usually dripping sweat during the summer months.
The same scenario repeated itself a few times beore the lightbulb went off! Oh dear God! could this be? No, surely not! I’m still too young my mind wailed!
This picture is exactly what that fire feels like, you are burning up from the inside out.
Acceptance…Or Something Like It
And so it came to be that I had begun the next phase of my journey, albeit without any input from me at all (sigh).
I was being taken along for the ride and could not get off the train as it barrelled toward the unwanted destination.
Now Your Input Please
Please engage, those who are about to enter, have entered, at the end of and survived with sanity. Let us not remain silent so that other women do not enter into this phase of life with a little more practical information.