“X,” used as a verb can connote both rejection (i.e., to cross out) or acceptance (i.e., to indicate a choice, as in an election). We spend our life accepting, rejecting, making choices. We are, according to existential philosophers, the sum total of our choices. That can be a pretty confusing total of acceptances and rejections for an elder. What are some of the acceptances and rejections of my own sum total of choices?
- The rejection of the dream of becoming a writer at a young age.
- The acceptance of that role now, as a septuagenarian.
- The rejection of youthful agnosticism.
- The acceptance of myself as a spiritual being.
- The rejection of reading male authors as a mid-adult in favor of female authors.
- The acceptance of seeking a balance of male and female authors later in life, reading the book for its content and importance, not the gender of the writer.
- The rejection of leisure time spent enjoying fiction for many years as an academic and professional.
- The acceptance of an easing of the pressures of professional life and a return to reading for pleasure.
- The rejection of life as a Spanish teacher as I became a gifted specialist and professor of gifted education.
- The recent acceptance and return to teaching Spanish online to gifted youth and lovin’ it.
- The rejection of the thought of aging, thinking I would rather pass before old age had me in its grips.
- The acceptance of aging as a joyful and spiritual process.
What are some of the acceptances and rejections of your sum total of choices?
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3 thoughts on “X is for Rejection or Acceptance”
Funny how people put us into boxes, but we also do it to ourselves. It takes time to evolve and your statement, “lovin’ it” says it all !
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I love your perspective. I have made many choices during my life. I’ve taken many paths. Some were at times definite struggles. But I’d never regret a single one. Thank you for your inspiration.
It is I who should thank you. I would not be doing this if not for your example, dear friend!