Just the other day, a friend told me about a workshop/discussion group that would be focusing on living a vital and fulfilling life as one ages. I said, “Sign me up!”
And, here is the kicker… at age 63, soon to be 64, I am “too young” to be in the group. I almost choked on that one. I had the same feeling I had when I found out I couldn’t date until I was 15 or I couldn’t buy “near beer” until I was 18.
You mean I have to wait???
I love that there is this whole group of women out there who know that aging doesn’t mean “getting old.” They are still working, creating, making a difference, learning, having fun and living life to the fullest. And, that’s exactly what I intend to do.
In a posting entitled, The Ancient Crone by Anya Silverman on the Crones Counsel website, she states:
“The Crone began re-emerging into our consciousness in the early 1980s, and today many older women are embracing this connection. We are tapping into the ancient crone’s attributes of wisdom, compassion, transformation, healing laughter, and bawdiness. The ancient crone archetype strengthens our belief and confidence in age-accumulated knowledge, insights and intuitions enabling women to stand up for their rights.
We will not be invisible, ignored, or treated unfairly. We are coming together in circles and gatherings to support each other …”
I’m ready now to start preparing for my crone years – to be one of those women who may age, but still shines with a vital life force – a woman who gathers with other women to share and learn and celebrate.
A woman who knows the value of this time in our life when we move from Mama Donna Henes’ “Queendom” to “Crone.”
In the meantime, I’m going to see if they will let me in this special club. I’ll let you know.