Editor’s Note: Margo has an amusingly warm writing style, which flavors her stories with a wry wisdom that will bring a smile of recognition, such as this short piece reflecting on one of life’s supposed goals. Enjoy…
Where are you Wisdom?
December 14, 2015 – Little Voice
As another birthday year appears on the horizon,
I’m reminded how, for many years, I expected to have wisdom bestowed upon me.
When the light of that birthday didn’t yield any wisdom, I decided that the magic age was 35. But alas, I wasn’t any smarter and certainly not any wiser than I had been 5 years prior.
Ever an optimist, I knew by the time I turned 40 I would be wrapped in the cloak of insight and perception. But I awoke on that bright and chilly day knowing that I would make decisions this day and the day after, and the day after that, with poor judgment and less than perfect intelligence.
Disappointed, I asked myself if I should give up on the expectation of ever becoming wise. Do I call it a lost cause and continue being foolish, not to ever have flashes of clarity? I quickly dismissed that thought and looked forward to becoming 45 and Wise!
You guessed it: by the time I reached 50 reality had set in as did a bit of laziness. I decided I didn’t care about being wise anymore, and I didn’t have the energy to think about it. What had seemed like such an attractive and attainable goal 20 years prior, was now a joke, because let’s be honest, did I really believe I was ever going to sit atop a mountain top wrapped in white cloth, imparting statements that would alter womankind?
Besides, getting to the top of the mountain took way too much work with very little reward. I didn’t see 5 star service available at those lofty heights offering me comfort, warmth, and positive feedback. I began to relax in the knowledge that wisdom wasn’t my calling, and I became free to screw up, make mistakes, and show less than astuteness in my decision-making. Oh, what a relief it was!
So as I blunder into my new birth year, I do so with carefree gusto, and little forethought as to the wisest outcome. Sigh!
Don’t you wish you were my age?
What realities have you come to as you approach a new year that will bring on another birthday?
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