face the music

I’ve been 5’8″, 125 lbs. (+/- 5) with a size 8 1/2 shoe for more than 30 years now —

But I didn’t think I had stopped growing —

Until just recently.

So I have to ask.  Is it my age?

Because for the first time in my life, “stuck” and “hit the ceiling” feel personal and real to me —

And I gotta admit, “As Good as it Gets” is showing constantly on a forehead —

Between my ears —

In fact, it’s tatooed on my ass —

My upper arms —

And —well — need I say more?

Yes, I’m afraid I must.

Because in writing this — saying it out loud —

I’m starting to see a connection between wanting to “stop time” on my face and body —

And stopping  forward movement in my life.

So —

If I want to keep moving forward — and I do —

If I want to keep dancing — and I do —

I need to face the music —

Today’s music —

And dance —


Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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