Just yesterday I was telling Cecile that I seem to either be getting more self-indulgent, or just more selfish. I've been watching Broadway shows and movies like crazy. This past Saturday was such a beautiful day, I went to Starbucks and got a mocha frappucino (not the light version either...hah!), sat outside with a nice elderly woman and read a book. I've been telling people off at work, but in a humorous way that they think I'm only being smart-alecky.

And then today, I got an email (twas mainly about aging) but it affirmed my belief that it's OK to put yourself first. Some noteworthy passages:

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant...

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

But while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).

Michael J. Fox is a courageous warrior. He has been promoting his book, Always looking Up: Observations of an Incurable Optimist and I loved what he said to Barbara Walters in an old interview he gave after he publicly disclosed his diagnosis of Parkinsons' Disease. I don't remember the exact quote, but on this day of days, his words bear repeating---that I wouldn't be this happy in my life now if it hadn't been for my journey this past year.


HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY to my one and only Mama!


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