Birthday thoughts

Last week I celebrated my birthday. It keeps happening. Thankfully. I had a pleasant day: took Lila for a haircut in the morning, a walk in the park in the afternoon, a light supper with Aaron and Joanne and then on to tai chi class. A perfect day.

What seems most important to me now is that I enjoy getting older. Tamar asked me today why I say that. I think it’s because I enjoy the calmer state of mind I have now and that makes me enjoy other people, events, places, my relationships more. I don’t feel I am so important because I know I may not live forever (yes, I do know I won’t, but when you are younger, it’s hard to know that, and it is a realization, when deeply felt, that changes everything) and so I value what is here now. I’ve seen enough friends and family die to appreciate what I have.

It’s nice to be alive.

About leyaevelyn

About thirty years ago, I moved from New York City to rural Nova Scotia. For an artist, it is a good place to live. Spacious and quiet. Despite the beautiful scenery and frequently grey skies, my abstract paintings focus on color, its expressive qualities and how it creates form and space.
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