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A Poem for my 60-Year-Old Self to Read


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A Poem for my 60-Year-Old Self to Read - Baby & Beyond

Dear 60-Year-Old-Me,

Its me, your 33 year old self writing to you.

The last 4 years have been a whirlwind of surprises and changes. Finding love, getting married, having a child, quitting the corporate life and pursuing my passion. What an incredible journey its been! As I look ahead at all the years from now till the time you’re reading this letter, I’m filled with hope and excitement for you!

I thought long and hard about everything I want to say to you. Then I realized that you’re obviously much more weathered and wiser than I am right now. So its not the big life lessons I need to tell you about. I’m sure you’ve got those figured out and even if you haven’t, you will when its time. Its the small things that matter so much and that we tend to forget and I want to remind you of those.

So here goes:

 

A Poem for my 60-Year-Old Self to Read - Baby & Beyond

A Poem for my 60-Year-Old Self to Read – Baby & Beyond

 

Live, laugh, love – that’s what life is about

Don’t waste time with regret and doubt

 

Yes, you’ve made mistakes, but you’ve learnt and grown

You are brave and strong, that’s what you’ve shown

 

You’ve lived a good life and there’s more to come still

Who says you have to slow down once you’re over the hill?!

 

Travel the world, there’s so much to see

Write, sing, dance…be everything you can be

 

Learn to play the guitar, you’ve always wanted to

Learn a new language, that could be fun too

 

Have you fulfilled your dream is to sing at least once on a stage?

It’s never late to pursue your dream, no matter what age

 

Now the important stuff, understand this too

You’ve looked after everyone else, now make time for YOU

 

Take care of your health, be mindful of what you eat

Take your pills on time, give your body what it needs

 

Your body has changed and that’s ok

Things have sagged, wrinkled, greyed…it doesn’t matter anyway

 

Don’t stare at the mirror worried about the reflection you see

Looks don’t matter as long as you feel fit and healthy

 

Hit the gym or the yoga mat, take a walk everyday

Dance till you drop, stay active in every way

 

Spend more time with nature, smell every rose

Sunrises, sunsets, you never tire of watching those

 

Look at that man still standing by your side

With him you’ve weathered every storm and harsh tide

 

Tell him you still love him and will always do

Just as much as you did when your love was new

 

Don’t worry about whether you were good parents, you raised a good boy

Watching him flourish will bring you endless joy

 

It’s time for him to start a family of his own

Can you believe how much he has grown!

 

Sit back and relax, enjoy being a grandparent

I hear it’s much more fun that being a parent!

 

Pick up the phone, call those old and true friends

If you’ve hurt loved ones along the way, it’s time to make amends

 

On times when you’re low, just read this rhyme

I’m sure it will lift you up every single time

 

Live, laugh, love – that’s what life is about

Don’t waste time with regret and doubt


This blog post is a part of #WomensDayBlogParty. I’d like to thank Kavita from Momtastic World for introducing me. Read her post for this blog party here. Also do go to my friend Shubhreet’s blog post at Raising Karma to read her perspective on the topic.

 

 

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Comments
  1. Aesha Shah said on March 5, 2018 3:42 pm:

    Wow!!! You have a way with verse too !!! I am impressed!!!

    1. Baby & Beyond said on March 5, 2018 3:56 pm:

      Thank you Aesha!

  2. Bellissimamma said on March 5, 2018 4:42 pm:

    This letter really touched my heart. I am also 33 and a mom of two. This letter has encouraged me to keep doing what I am doing as a newbie blogger. The Women’s Blog Party sounds fun!

  3. Anshu Bhojnagarwala said on March 5, 2018 6:02 pm:

    What a lovely poem.. And rhyming too. You did it, you did it, you captured my heart with your words. 🙂

    1. Baby & Beyond said on March 5, 2018 9:27 pm:

      Oh wow so thrilled to read that

  4. Marysa said on March 5, 2018 6:56 pm:

    Some of these go well for my younger self too. I could have saved myself a lot of grief over issues if I had approached them differently and not wasted time on things like you mentioned (regret, doubt). Good words to live by!

  5. Hinna Devi Singh said on March 5, 2018 7:32 pm:

    I think this is a post we all should save keep to read later in life. I can connect to almost everything you’ve written about. A lovely combination of prose and poetry.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on March 5, 2018 9:26 pm:

      Thank you so much Hinna…happy to know that you could relate

  6. Nimmy Joseph said on March 5, 2018 10:36 pm:

    Loved reading the letter. You have a flair in writing. Keep up the good work 😊

  7. Kavita Singh said on March 5, 2018 11:25 pm:

    Live, Laugh and Love three words that make a life a beautiful journey. I have always been a fan of your writing. What I love most is your simple yet so effective writing which stays with the reader for a really long periofd of time.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on March 5, 2018 11:35 pm:

      That’s so encouraging to hear. I’m feeling more motivated than ever right now. Thank you!

  8. A Scientist! said on March 10, 2018 6:42 pm:

    Hahahaahah! It was a joy to read, and definitely something I would tell my older self too!
    Very intriguing style of writing, too!

    1. Baby & Beyond said on March 10, 2018 6:53 pm:

      Thank you!