Harmonious Aging

A lovely spring bouquet of tulips began to show signs of aging – petals fell off or shriveled and curled on the stem, colors changed, and shapes contorted themselves in unexpected ways.

Not unlike the aging process in our human bodies….

wilted flowers

wilted flowers

 

fallen petals

fallen petals

As we age, we begin to lose a lot of things:  hair, teeth, tautness of skin, stamina, quickness of reaction, youthful delusions, sometimes even memory and our mind.

 

 

 

How often do we ask ourselves where did the time go?  It seems like I blink and another year is gone.  I blink twice, and there goes a decade.

 

windows

 

 

To our surprise, as these youthful petals fall away, windows open into new realms.  As our outer layers become less of a proud shield we place between our core and the world, what’s inside begins to show through in a new way.

 

open

open

Life’s challenges have a way of laying us wide open.  Do we cover our nakedness by attempting to sew the petals back on (a facelift, liposuction, or similar procedure attempting to defy the aging process); or do we accept ourselves just as we are.

 

Do we dare take a long, deep look at what’s inside and allow that to nourish and define us from now on?  Isn’t that infinitely more interesting than chasing those fallen petals?

 

 

Can we embrace the new shapes and directions of our life? What beauty, contentment, wisdom, and harmony lies here, now?

wilted tulip

wilted tulip

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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43 Responses to Harmonious Aging

  1. Beautiful photos and perspective on aging with grace. Thanks Annette!

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  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    I love this Annette! I almost did a similar post with iris last spring. Watching them age, and the different stages of life. I probably will this spring, although our iris don’t come out until May.I took A LOT of pictures of them last year. I so relate to this. Aging is such a trip!

    “To our surprise, as these youthful petals fall away, windows open into new realms. As our outer layers become less of a proud shield we place between our core and the world, what’s inside begins to show through in a new way.” Just beautiful!!!

    Aging Gracefully…or disgracefully,
    Mary

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  3. KaylaB says:

    This is truly lovely, and very much in mind with my thoughts and journaling lately. I was born with the spirit of the crone, but now I feel her both teasing me with the beauty of what is to be, and the taunting me with the changes that are to come. Thank you for this. Namaste Shakti Shaman

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  4. indacampo says:

    This is beautiful interpretation of the theme.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    The photos are beautiful, and so is the process. Somehow, I’ve managed to move toward old age with a certain amount of cheerfulness. Wrinkles? Gray hair? Arthritic fingers? I’ve lived my way toward them, and they, too, help to tell the story of my life.

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  6. What a lovely way to express such a natural process we all go through but we must try to do it with grace, understanding, and aceptance. Bless!

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  7. Sabiscuit says:

    Even though I like to preserve my bouquets for as long as possible, I love looking at wilting flowers. They are making room for new buds. Dried flowers also lend themselves to creative projects. Great capture and take on the challenge.

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  8. asqfish says:

    Amazing grace:)

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  9. As much as I dislike some phases of aging — the aching back after a too long walk, the ever-expanding midsection, the sagging cheeks, the wrinkles on my neck — I still am happy to be where I am in my life. I hope to age gracefully and accept all those changes with gratitude. I love your aging tulip pictures.🙂

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  10. The aging tulips still have grace and beauty. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on acceptance of the aging process in ourselves, Annette. Sometimes it’s not so easy, but we have little choice, so have to make he best of it.🙂

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  11. Barbara says:

    Lovely post Annette. I am 61 tomorrow and the last few years I have been feeling as if I have come of age. Its a really nice feeling. I have matured so much as a woman and a person. Your post is very uplifting. Thank you.

    Barbara

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  12. Barbara says:

    Ahhhhhh…happy birthday for saturday..🎊🎈🎉🎊🎀🎉🎁🎈🎉

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  13. I love this take on the theme💕😊just perfect

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  14. tamwarner says:

    Lovely. Happy birthday.

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  15. Julie says:

    What a beautiful analogy to aging. I often wonder if aging would be better accepted and appreciated if we fully embraced and loved the elderly in our culture. Youth is wonderful, but so is aging.

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    • There are some cultures left that really honor and take care of their elderly who still have a place in the fabric of society. I find it sad that we have such an age-segregated society and we really need to find a way to reverse this. There are some initiatives that pair retirement homes with pre-schools, for example, that are a step in the right direction… I am personally reaching out to much older people in their 80s, to hear their stories and their life’s wisdom, and to validate that they have a place in my personal life and learning…

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  16. I beautiful piece. So lovely.

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  17. Rajagopal says:

    A graceful perspective on harmony of ageing, using floral metaphor in all its colourful impact, bringing out Browning’s words, “Grow old along with me, / The best is yet to come”.

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  18. Wonderful post thank you

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