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Do you ever feel that you could be so much more than you’ve spent your life becoming?

Well, I have and I do… and now that I’ve reached an age when I can be whoever I want (sort of), I can admit that who I want to be is a Wild Woman Sage, with the understanding that the Sage is wise, compassionate and at peace with the experience life has brought her and the Wild Woman “is fluent in the language of dreams, images, passion and poetry.” (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

Yes…. the Wild Woman Sage is who I want to be! And while I’m figuring out exactly how I will do that, I’ll remain under cover, playing the role of wife, mother and grandmother, loving my family and my animals, enjoying photography, reading, writing and poetry, summers at the lake and winters by the fire.

My home is in the heart of the Canadian Prairies and I feel they have molded who I have become. It’s a beautiful place to live and grow. The vast spaces and endless skies lend themselves to creating that same feeling within those who live here, leaving us with open minds and hearts and a deep connection with our unpredictable, often challenging, weather.

On a personal note, I’ve been retired for several years, after working most of my life in the service industry. I now have the luxury of spending much of my free time creating with my camera and computer, working my way through several thousand pictures a year, because as Henri Cartier-Bresson said:

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

And I would truly like to get them behind me….

My intention here in this little blog-space is to share my journey, both the inner unravelling and the outer day-to-day stories, as time drags me relentlessly towards ‘Elderhood” and possibly, into my dream of becoming a Wild Woman Sage…. 🙂

I have yet to find other bloggers of my generation who are sharing their experiences of aging, their hopes and fears, triumphs and disappointments. I hope that this will be a place where Sages of all Ages can meet, connect and share these special moments as we stumble along this unknown path and perhaps together we can each create a new vision of our own Elderhood.

Because I have 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters, I am sharing my journey for them too. Perhaps my generation will carve out a better way for them to age, perhaps we can be the ones who create the paradigm shift from fear of aging to the joy and peace of ‘sage-ing’ so that future generations can end their lives living every day with integrity, dignity and respect.

We are the Wise Women who will light the way for our daughters and granddaughters. For them (and for us too) we will find the Wild Woman Sage within ourselves and set her free.

If your heart pulls you here, I hope you will join me and perhaps we can share our answers to Mary Oliver’s most wonderful question:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

With love,
Janet McQueen (Sage-in-training)

janet the bruce
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