Smorgasbord Review 2017 – Most Viewed Posts from Your Archives – Artists and Old Age by D.Wallace Peach

This post was the most viewed of the archive post series up to and including the Christmas posts. There were nearly 300 views and as you can see there was a great deal of response in the comments. It was also retweeted very many times over the following days as it was across social media.

It is a perfect example of how terrific posts that are sitting idle in the archives can find a new lease of life, audience and response by being shared on another blog.

I have left the comments for you to read and to add your response to.

Time to enjoy another post from the archives of D.Wallace Peach where Diana explores the loss of things as we get older, including our identity.. unless of course you are an artist.. in which case……..

Artists and Old Age by D.Wallace Peach

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My brother and I just spent a few days touring our parents through senior housing. At one point, he leaned in, and whispered, “Growing old is tough.” I agreed, though “tough” is probably too mild a word, the reality deserving something more visceral, definitely more chilling. As my parent’s generation enters what I would generalize as “old age,” they’re struggling with what seems an endless list of losses—family, friends, careers, driver’s licenses, vision, independence, stamina, health, dreams, and the myths about who they are.

I mention myths because so much of who we are is perception, our firmly-gripped beliefs about ourselves. One of the more painful losses, from my observations, is the loss of a sense of identity. Who are we when we’re no longer recognizable to ourselves, when the myths of our lives no longer apply?

Even on the upward arc of life, there are losses, many painful, some liberating, and most irreversible. Through loss, we gain maturity, a broader perspective, and deeper wisdom about life. If we are blessed, we parse the enduring from the ephemeral, the meaningful from the inconsequential, and end our days as a sojourner with an appreciation for the profound gift of this one delicate life.

As more losses loom in the nearing future of my life, I take stock of the person I am and peer into the future for a vision of the person I will become. Will loss peel away my identity? Will I mourn the fading myth of myself?

Not a chance. In that future, I will revel in my art … my writing.

I remember the day I realized that writing could sustain me beyond the exuberance of youth into the foreign frontier of old age. It was a marvelously glorious day when I understood my myth wouldn’t go flat or seize up on the highway of life. I can write until I’m old and silver-haired, wrinkled and whiskered, complaining of warts and aching bones. I can write until I’m shrunken and bent, sagging and frizzy, home-bound and bed-bound. A lovely image, isn’t it?

Yes, I declare.

True beauty dwells in the soul. Imagination isn’t bound by age. The creative spirit that breathes life into art never grows old. As long as I can write, I will be me.

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©D.Wallace Peach 2015

Thanks to Diana for this piece of wisdom.. I re-trained in my mid-40s as a nutritional therapist and began writing books, as like Diana I knew I could do this until they haul me off to the next big adventure. And another thing that we can gain rather than lose as we mature, is gravitas…. do love that word and its meaning….

About D. Wallace Peach

I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed my life.

I love writing, and have the privilege to pursue my passion full time. I’m still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. Forgive me if I seem untethered in my offering of reads. Perhaps one day, I’ll settle into something more reliable. For now, it’s simply an uncharted journey, and I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I.

D.Wallace Peach has just released her first children’s book, Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters. Not only written by Diana but illustrated by her too. An amazing amount of work but as you will see from the cover it is fantastic. Available in print only in US, UK and Canada.

About the book

Grumpy Ana Goblyn is sour, dour, and cranky. Her lips droop in a frown. She’s bored with every place and person in her friendly town. With the help of her father, she builds a spaceship and travels to a soggy planet where she meets her perfect monster playmates. But there’s a problem! The monsters see her grouchy frown and think she’s a monster. In this children’s space adventure, Ana discovers that her attitude affects her happiness, and she can change it if she chooses.

A recent review for the book

Paradise is boring to Grumpy Ana. She climbs into a spaceship and finds her soulmates on a ‘sodden planet with a boggy seaside town.’ She thinks the monsters are as grumpy as she is, but when she scares them off with her attitude, she has an epiphany. Maybe she’s the one with a problem and life back home wasn’t so bad after all. What a delightful book with beautiful illustrations and rhymes that children and their adult readers will love.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Grumpy-Ana-Grouchy-Monsters-Childrens/dp/1975723945

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grumpy-Ana-Grouchy-Monsters-Childrens/dp/1975723945

A selection of other books by D. Wallace Peach

To discover all the books and read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Connect to D. Wallace Peach 

Website/Blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach
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If you would like to share some of your festive archive posts for December from when you began blogging, then please send one or two links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

 

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161 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Review 2017 – Most Viewed Posts from Your Archives – Artists and Old Age by D.Wallace Peach

  1. An interesting topic, Diana. My parents are aging – my Mom will be 80 next year; she isn’t doing badly at all as she ages, despite having cancer three years ago and chemotherapy for months. Maybe it is because she keeps busy and is surrounded by her family that she is so together for her age.

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  2. Good Morning, Sally. (Sorry about the late visit – I was having computer problems this morning, but all fixed now!) Thanks so much for hosting another post from the archives. It’s wonderful to be here today and talking about the gifts of creativity and gravitas. ❤

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  3. Sally, thank you for sharing Diana’s wonderful post here. 😀 Diana, you can never grow old!! Your writing is as sharp, creative, bursting with imagination as I’ve ever come across! This is an inspiring post, with a message for us all. If you work at what you love your youth inside carries you along – I recall my grandfather, in his nineties with obvious health issues, still working two days before his passing – That’s the way to live and the way go. ❤️

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  4. True beauty most definitely is in the soul. I, too, see myself writing till the end, for writing grows deep roots and then flowers. Life is ageless beauty. Thank you, Diana. I love, love this post.

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  6. Yes and yes and yes! So beautifully expressed Diana – and so real too. I’ve been pondering on this thing of aging, this thing of loss and change. It’s as if another layer of youth is peeled back, another ‘can’t’ added to the growing pile of physical activities – like rising gracefully up from the floor in one smooth elegant movement…… Long gone! But as you say there is also the deepening of appreciation, the wisdom gained from sheer repetition of events and years, the gravitas ordained from having endured with grace. A wise man once told me that as the body ages so the spirit flowers – we who are blessed with years become more of who we were meant to be. And of course we have our art 🙂

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  7. There is a lot of real wisdom here, and I especially love the Kafka quote at the end. My preconceptions about self and identity have already changed so much over the years, I shudder to think what is ahead. But loss can be transformed to gain, as one focus not on that which passes, but that which endures. Thanks to Diana, as usual, for this gem.

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  8. You write beautifully, Diana. Indeed, loss is always transformative, in one way or another. During the years I worked with elders, I saw chronic illness and loss of independence trigger loss of identity. Who am I if I can’t be not productive? This articles inspires hope. May gnarled aged fingers always type 🙂 ❤

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  9. This is wise cos it’s true. Every talent no matter whether writing, fine art or music is a gift that will sustain us til the day we die. As everything deserts we will always have that talent, look at all the great composers, authors and artists… Thanks Diana for the reminder that some things might get worse but some will definitely get better with age!

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    • Thanks, Paul. Yes! And look at all the writers (self included) who didn’t start writing until packing on a few years. There are downsides, of course, to aging, but so many upsides! No reason not to keep growing, learning, choosing, and creating. Happy Weekend. ❤

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  10. Thanks to you both. Great post and comments. Aging be awful, or awfully funny. Usually I don’t think of myself as the age shown on my driver’s license. Then again when I get a little cranky I imagine myself wearing purple and red with a cane, looking like a little old cranky lady hitting anyone who gets in my way…and I laugh 🙂 It is more fun to laugh at ourselves.So, we can be creative in other ways to imagine ourselves!

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  11. Thank you for this great posting. First let me say how I love the Kafka quote. It says it all.
    To grow in years also adds wisdom, not only slow down of physical activities. In the old days the old were revered and listened to.
    Families consisting of many generations could give so much and help both the very young and the older.
    So let us see the beauty every day.
    miriam

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  12. I didn’t start writing until I was 61, and I am looking forward to many years of writing, for all the reasons you so beautifully express, Diana. I am delighted with the creativity that aging spawns. The five years before I started writing I lost both my parents and a sister and thought I’d never stop crying. And then I started writing humor. How is that possible? I don’t know, but I’m not going to question it. I’m going to keep writing and people like Diana and Sally inspire me to try new things and continue to improve. Thank you!

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  13. This was a gorgeous post Diana. It’s funny how we as writers say we’ll never retire, or be bored for that matter, as long as we write til the end of days. But I sometimes wonder about the what ifs – the thought of losing the gift of the mind and thus losing the food that fuels within. ❤

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  14. Most of the time, I forget how old I am, probably because for the first time in my life I am completely happy with my life. Becoming a writer/blogger has transformed the way I think and feel, and might just keep me going forever!

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  15. This is all so true, Diana. We often lose so much on our journey–family, friends, freedom, etc–but there are a lot of things we gain. It makes for a rich story. And yes to writing for as long as we can create stories and share them with others! It’s even better than golf 😀

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    • Yes. Better than golf, Julie. Although golf is fun if one completely ignores the rules, which is how I play. 🙂 Life really is an evolution – maybe a better word than “journey” because a journey doesn’t necessarily require us to change. I think, if that change includes discovering and pursuing new passions (even golf), old age can be awesome. Happy Writing!

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  17. This is empowering, Diana. I haven’t laid that worry to rest. I guess because my mind could go with the other physical pieces. Then how do I write? I’ve decided to embrace driverless cars for the day my DL is gone. Who cares then?

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  18. This was personally meaningful, Diana. I think about aging a lot, wondering when some of the things I love to do (e.g., mentoring, working out, playing music and being able to sing) will have their last day. But you are write: writing, which is another love, can last.

    It also occurs to me that while we can continue to write as we age, we can also share writing (our own or that of others’) with the aging more than we do. One of my Nana’s favorite things is when I come and read to her. She’s still doing quite well at 93, and yet she loves anything from my blog posts to children’s read-aloud books with pictures (the latter of which have her stopping on every page to thoroughly inspect the illustrations as she says, “Oh, isn’t that cute!”)

    Thanks for your generosity in sharing this with us, Sally!

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  19. One of the things that bothers me about aging is how patronizing people can be to those who are 70 or older. I watched it happened to my mom when she was still a very vibrant active senior. In fact, she was still working at the Gap in her 80s. But people would say to me things like “oh isn’t she adorable.” As if she was an elderly baby doll. She wasn’t “adorable,” she was a working woman who kept herself smart and interesting, read a lot of books, went out to the movies, helped out at her church every week and attended lots of parties. She danced more than anyone else at my daughter’s wedding, when she was 82! I think aging doesn’t have to be as nasty as it is in this country. In other countries, those who have reached a certain age are revered more than dismissed, and their wisdom is appreciate it. I hope that when you and I and our writing friends approach our twilight years, we dance every day with our words and publish loads of books!

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  20. Great comment, Pam, and I’m all for dancing and publishing loads of books in the twilight years. I also want to paint, travel, take cooking classes, become fluent in Spanish, and loads of other things! Looking forward to the fun ahead as well as at the fun behind. And I’m resigned to being called an “adorable” old lady (I’m already dropping under 5′ tall). But no patronizing allowed or I’ll give those whipper-snappers an earful. Thanks for the smile and the great attitude, my friend. 🙂

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  22. Some of my hobbies are already sliding into obscurity, as I discover I cannot see or manage to cope with them any more. Good to know that my writing, even if it becomes indecipherable, can still accompany me into my dotage!

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  24. Thanks for sharing the post again, Sally. I’ve been on a little break, but have started working through the backlog. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a new year full of joy, beauty, and creative inspiration. ❤ Hugs ❤

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