We’re not getting older, we’re just getting better . . .

I hope y’all are still basking in happy holiday vibes – my quick Christmas trip to Boston was delightful. Of course, observing that the grandsons have become over six feet tall (and whiskery) almost overnight reminds me that life is a zipline ride, flashing by faster and faster as you get to the end – sigh. So I was very cheered by this post on Open Culture this morning. It’s a letter (written in 1988) to Ingmar Bergman on his 70th birthday from his Japanese director/auteur counterpart, Akira Kurosawa, who assures him that his best work will begin at 80 (see below). I like the notion that artists need to age out of all adult baggage and preconceptions and become clear-eyed babies again. After all, Picasso said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” So happy weekend, All – I’m off to find my creative blankie!


7 thoughts on “We’re not getting older, we’re just getting better . . .

  1. Sometimes it feels like I’ll never get to use all the interesting creative inspiration I keep picking up. I love the message in this letter. If we keep creating no matter what happens then as we become more child like maybe we can create something that will speak up loudly and give pleasure and encouragement to those living that complicated thing called life.
    Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year, Lyn!

  2. What to some people is “old” can be “young with ample experience” (and, if we are lucky, with the wisdom to use what we learned).
    Happy New Year, and a toast to all that is good!

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