I am really something!
Several years ago, I heard a story on an National Public Radio series about centenarians: folks who have lived past one hundred years of age.
One segment was about a woman who, at 106, was “still alive and kicking.” During her upbeat interview, Anna Wilmot talked about the joy of sitting outside on her back porch facing the lake and how she enjoyed the beauty of the changing scenery each day. Then just before the interview was over, Anna lowered her voice to confide in the reporter, Neenah Ellis:
“You know,” Anna giggled. “Sometimes in the morning when it’s foggy and there are no fishermen or passing boats, there is a wonderful place just down the path from my house where I can skinny dip!”
The reporter laughed and then, with great delight, Anna added, “I’m really something, don’t you think!?”
As I sat in my car listening, I giggled myself thinking of Anna’s delight with her life. I pictured her getting up early, her body ten decades along, her spirit that of a youngster, walking alone down to the shoreline, slipping out of her clothes and sliding into the caress of lake water at dawn. I loved imagining her — such physical pleasure and adventurous enjoyment. Anna Wilmot was calling me to enjoy my own life!
I was so taken by the idea that I came into the house, e-mailed reporter Neenah Ellis and asked to know more about Anna Wilmot. Ms. Ellis wrote back and said that Anna was a wonder and didn’t look “a day over 80!” In response, I wrote a poem about Anna and sent it to her. Her son wrote back to say how he was sure the two of us would be great friends. I agree!
People like Anna Wilmot have a message for all of us: Life is good! Every day full of adventure! The world is inviting us to really live!
And we don’t have to wait until we are 106 to skinny dip! With all of our work worries and financial stresses and family dilemmas and health concerns, we sometimes forget the very exciting truth that every day is a choice about how to live. No matter what our challenges, we can be happier and healthier and holier starting right now!
What about you? What is keeping your from enjoying your one wild and glorious life? Maybe it’s time to walk down to the lake of something you love to do. Perhaps you need to slip out of the clothing of life’s heaviness to be yourself. You can step into the water and feel the joy of a renewed sense of being alive!
Life is good — and each one of us is really something, don’t you think?!
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