Young at Heart

Young at Heart

If I walk always looking back,
I only see what I now lack;
but if I look in front of me,
I’m aware of all that I might be.

Staying young? A matter of eye, not heart.
Remembering at the day’s fresh start
to train my eye on what’s to be
and never ever in back of me.

That excitement of the unexpected––
that future formerly undetected––
is what keeps life fresh and new.
Who will deliver your next clue?

Your script in life has not been written.
Life is an apple still unbitten.
Each bite or line is yours to make.
Each day  a freshly uncut cake.

Dawn is a gift that’s given us
to start anew with lesser fuss
and more acceptance of what’s there
awaiting us in the open air.

The world unfolds to all who seek,
banishing old and stale and meek.
To spend each day in a world that’s new
is how to keep your youth with you.

The Prompt: What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

18 thoughts on “Young at Heart

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Were you always or is that a product of the kicks of life? I think you still have a lot of kid in you, Marilyn. You’re the only one I’ve ever played dolls with online.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Hi Anna. Thanks for your kind words. It seems to me as though you pretty much live by these principals. Did you love Africa with your granddaughters? They looked so happy in the pix. What an experience for them and you.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      I agree…Being around children keeps one flexible. I loved teaching but towards the end didn’t like all the ridiculous things that were being demanded as part of it. I got out before the worst started. But I always loved the teaching and interaction with children. A bit harder when you don’t share proficiency in the same language, but still–great to see kids get turned on by art, music and dance! I don’t really spend that much time with them…just in fits and starts and special events…and just helping to provide the means to their finding hidden talents or just fun dimensions to themselves.


  1. Allenda Moriarty

    Wonderful poem, wonderful pic. Love the expectant delight that they both convey. Perfect way to start, and live, each day. Happy New Year to you, Judy, a year full of enchanting days.



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