Shoulda Woulda Coulda — Daily Prompt

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt entitled Shoulda Woulda Coulda asks us to tell about something you should do…but don’t.

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Ms. O’Brien…in and out of character.

So…here goes…complete honesty…

I was going to write this post today and call it something else, but then I saw the Daily Post prompt, and I knew it was perfect for me.

What I should do, but don’t do, is stop worrying about aging.

Seriously. I think about it every day. It can often consume me. I’m not a fan of getting older, and the thought of the number 50 is just daunting. It’s two and a half years away for me, but I’m not at all enamored with the number associated with how long I’ve been on this earth. Birthdays have long lost their sizzle, and quite frankly, I’m fried by the whole thought of it.

I should stop thinking about getting older, but the problem is, I can’t. It’s happening to me with nature as its guide.

As a fan of “Downton Abbey,” I’ve been watching it since it started. The maid to Cora, O’Brien, always seemed like an old woman to me…and then I Googled the woman who plays her, Siobhan Finneran, and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw that she’s the same age as I am. Don’t get me wrong, the woman looks fantastic, it’s just…well…I’m her age.

Me…the same age as O’Brien. 47.

The concept I have of myself is that I’m much younger. I see myself as younger. I tend to act younger, and perhaps it’s because I’m surrounded by college students every day.

Thank God for them, they keep me young.

So…shoulda woulda coulda? I’ll make an effort not to stew over this process over which I have little control.

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6 thoughts on “Shoulda Woulda Coulda — Daily Prompt

  1. Whoa, Steph. You do NOT look 47. At. All!!! You look way, way younger than that. I honestly thought you were in your mid-thirties. So you can see now why I feel blown away by this whole revelation. Blown. Away. I’m floored. I think your positive attitude helps with your lack of aging. Nothing like looking younger than you are, no doubt! Keep doing what you’re doing! You look incredible!

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