flying-balloons    I think I’m at that stage in life where I give up.  Not on life, but on things I once thought important.  They weren’t.  I am finally free to be myself. 

I don’t have to go to work on Monday – but I don’t have as much money to spend on things I don’t need anyway. It is time to clean out some junk and live more minimally.

I don’t need to get into THOSE jeans anymore – but I still need to lose weight to be healthy. Less red meat and more veggies/fruit.

I don’t need three sets of china (Mom’s, Mother-in-Law’s and   mine) and my every day dishes – but I doubt the kids want them either. Family dinners are overrated. Families are not.

And I’m at the stage in life where I want to take on new things, hoping they are worth it.

I want to see Scotland/Ireland/England –  but hiking is a distant memory with arthritis. I’ll have to learn to drive on the wrong side of the road or let someone else do it.

I want the wind in my hair –  but I don’t want that convertible anymore. They sit too low and there’s no place for your stuff.

I want to leave the legacy of my stories –  but I don’t expect to be a best seller.  Instead I am learning the art of writing and the feeling of the muse that encourages me – sometimes.

Life is long and enduring, all the while it is quick as the blink of an eye.  I will never be able to do all the things I want to do – but I don’t have to be pulled down by the things I don’t want to do.  That is what true freedom is.  It is time to look forward, not back and do things differently with what time is left; and be grateful for it.


About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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2 Responses to 2016 CULTIVATING GRATITUDE: Freedom

  1. pat turner says:

    You are always inspiring and will always be.


  2. Such a sweet thing to say.


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