Brochures at the ready. Many are tempted to leave the daily grind behind for warmer climes.
Going on a planned journey frequently means anticipation and excitement, plus a great deal of preparation.
We gather together all the essentials we cannot leave home without ~ backpack for some and several suitcases’ worth for others.
Though a rare traveller, I’m more of an ‘everything bar the kitchen sink’ type of person, always concerned I’ll leave something vital behind.
Not all the journeys we make in life are ones of choice.
Some are beyond our power to control the duration or effects they have on us.
In the poem below (featured in Issue 7: The Journey edition of ‘What the Dickens?’ magazine) I am sharing such a journey with you.
Jerked into wakefulness
- Herbal/ alternative remedies
- A multiplicity of articles and books to inform us
- The fact that it is no longer a hidden or taboo subject
- Cool cotton sheets
- Fans/air conditioning
- Friends and others who companion me
- Less symptom severity as time goes on
- An understanding and sympathetic Other Half!
Any guys reading this needn’t think they get away scot-free. Men can experience their own version of menopause too (the andropause) though it is not so well recognised, written about or treated as the female one.
Not only that, Your Woman Will Need You . Tea (or cold drinks), sympathy, considerately keeping your distance where necessary, putting up with clothes/bedclothes on and off (not as much fun as it sounds) and coping with erratic moods or irritability from lack of restful sleep are basic requirements.
A sense of humour and an ability to stay cool and calm yourself are greatly desirable and very much appreciated, thank you.
Just don’t take this quote too seriously either:
” The hardest years in life are between 10 and 70″ ~ Helen Hayes (age 73)
“I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows” ~ Janette Barber
“There is no more creative force in the world than the menopausal woman with zest” ~ Margaret Mead
“Thirty five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts to fall apart” ~ Caryn Leschen
“Life is a journey, not a destination” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life journeys are made all the more pleasurable for the people who share them with us. I look forward to your company on further exploration of life and faith journeys I’ll be making here.
You can read how it all began and why I’m exploring these themes if you click over here.