We have a lot of chaos going on with deck work and tree planting. I’d love to say that it doesn’t cause my innards to get stressed, but it does. Big twisting and turning. I learned to take that innard feeling and transition to my outer body where I can shake it off!.
For the past few weekends, instead of listening to the news (a lot of political ads these days) as I prepped dinner, I asked Alexa to play some tunes. At first it was my favorite artists. Then I moved to Billboard hits of a specific year. That opened up a whole flood of memories.
As I swayed to the oldies (really oldies and I did more than sway) and remembered every single word, I could feel any stress melt away. I felt just like I did in high school when these songs were popular. It was better than any antianxiety medication I could take. For a brief period, I was young and carefree. I didn’t have things I had to pick out or decisions to make. There was no wondering where my contractor was when he should have been here.
The best part was when a tune came on that I didn’t particularly like, I had Alexa skip it. No CDs or album covers to contend with or fiddling with knobs or buttons.. Just sweet music. Balm for the soul. Alexa and I are getting to be friends.
Afterward, when I looked in the mirror I was abruptly taken back to the present. Ding dang mirrors don’t lie. Still, I smiled having relived that younger me for just a bit. (I’m also available for “Dancing with the non-Stars!”)
Whoever said youth is wasted on the young was right. I enjoyed my youth but with the benefit of experiences under my belt, it would be a different ballgame. For now, I’m concentrating on being the best old cat lady I can be. That will have to do.
Sure hope I didn’t “Ramble on.” That should be my new theme song. Or maybe I should Shake it off!