Back and Forth

When I’m really old, I hope to look back at my life and know that I: 

. . . made mistakes, but learnt to pick myself up and move on

. . . learnt to build relationships without expecting anything in return

. . . wrote my heart out in little love notes, unseen essays and long-winded letters filled with angst

. . . made some of the best friends a woman could ask for, but that some would fade away

. . . understood that it’s fine to be alone on some days but to never feel lonely

. . . hugged my daughter so tight on some days that we both couldn’t breathe

. . . didn’t make too big a fuss over the little things like spilled paint and muddy shoes on my carpet

. . . swore to protect my child from all manner of evil, knowing that it would be an impossible promise

. ..wouldn’t change one bit of it, not the ugliness, the sadness and the desperation or the smiles, the chuckles and the rib-tickling laughter.

For without it all, I wouldn’t be me.

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This is a Finish The Sentence Friday post.

Today’s prompt is:

“When I’m really old, I hope to look back at my life and know that I…”

Vidya Sury, my wonderful friend, is co-hosting it with Kerri from Undiagnosed But Okay and host Kristi at Finding Ninee.

All you have to do is write a post completing the sentence “When I’m really old, I hope to look back at my life and know that I…” and link up at any of the three blogs mentioned above.

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10 thoughts on “Back and Forth

  1. I don’t know if you saw in the picture you posted of the rear view mirror — the words “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”. The wonderful things for which you strive are close to you than they might appear, simply by virtue of your striving for them.

    Happy Holidays to your family and you!

  2. I loved this. and i am now exploring the prompt and thinking of writing one too.. but you have put all my words in this one 🙂

  3. Here’s to living life and having relationships and thank you so so much for linking up with Finish the Sentence Friday!!! You did such an amazing job!!

  4. Yes! What really hit home for me here was the wish that you learned to build relationships without expecting anything in return. I think that is so important. The hope that you learned to not make a fuss over spilled milk and muddy carpets cracked open a huge smile. Oh man. The fuss I made over red wine spillage (truly looked like a murder scene) and rabbit and dog hair rolling down the halls … I’m working on that fuss. Trying to count to ten – ok 100 – before I react. Wish me luck.

  5. Great prompt! Have waited for a long time for some thing like this.
    Shailaja, as usual, you are bang on, babe! 🙂

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