"It's no good getting old, if you don't get artful."
I found this quote somewhere, so long ago that I don't remember where. The only note I have says that it is a Yorkshire proverb.
I like the double meaning possible here, for an approach to Life in general, and for pursuing creativity and expressiveness. I find it most uplifting.
Having recently passed my 60th birthday, I'm finding myself latching on to words and ideas to help me grow into the next stage of my life, thoughts about how to be an elder, and hopefully, a wise one.
I find I'm thinking of this chapter of Life as a time to gather the results of my experiences and share them, and as a time to give more space in my schedule for "just being", with myself and with others. And don't these goals have a place in both kinds of artfulness.
I'm appreciating the style of the Red Hat Ladies - having fun, breaking with convention, and togetherness. It's just around the corner now.
Publishing my book stems from my desire to pass along things I have learned. And really, now that I think of it, the cover is nearly in the official red hat lady colors. Oh! Maybe I am a red hat lady already!
The photo is of me and the life-sized doll I made for a production of "Arsenic and Old Lace". The doll played the double roles of the bodies of Mr. Hoskins and Mr. Spenalzo with a change of jackets and an added hat. Old and artful, the both of us!