ONE DAY I LOOKED AT MYSELF in the mirror and indulged in full-scale self-pity.
Oh, I remember when I was young, I thought. My skin was tighter, my breasts were higher, my rear was firmer, my entire body was voluptuous. I had so much more energy, and I practically glowed. I wish I had realized what I had when I had it…and now I’ll never have it again.
Then another voice in my head intervened.
“Oh, Marianne…,” it said, “shut up! Let me give you a rundown of what it was like when you were younger. Your nerves were jangled, your heart was restless, your mind was disordered, your appetites were addictive, your love affairs were tragic, your talents were squandered, your opportunities were wasted, and you were never at peace.
“What you did then, in fact, was exactly what you’re doing now: You kept thinking that if only things were different, you’d be happy. Then it was whatever man or job or resources were there to save you; now it’s if only you were still young. Reality check: In those days , you looked good but you didn’t know it. You had everything but you didn’t appreciate it. You had the world at your feet but you didn’t realize it.
“ You know what it was like? It was just like now!” Thus began my recovery from “youth-itis”
I think that there is no better time than the present !! I loved this book because it puts aging into perspective. It is a gift to finally be at a point in your life where you can concentrate on making a difference in the world WHILE being comfortable FINALLY in the skin your in. This made me reevaluate what I think is important in life. I decided to do what I love and everything else would follow. I started to live in the moment and live my life authentically. I hope you do too after reading this.